In the first half of last season, he suffered from a slump, and his ball-winning ability, which he prides himself on, was running dry.
His off-timely pressing and tackling led to cards and easy breakthroughs by opponents, and at the age of 29, there were calls that his career was on the decline and rumors of his release from the club.
However, with the emergence of Stefan Bajcetic and his teammates, he was able to regain his top form and was the driving force behind the furious comeback toward the end of the season.
He was expected to be a starter again in the new season, but an offer of £40 million arrived from Saudi Arabia.
Negotiations were temporarily stalled over the method of payment, but negotiations with the player’s side were proceeding smoothly. Finally, an agreement was reached on the transfer fee between the clubs, and finally Al-Ittihad was officially announced, signing a three-year contract until 2026.
He joined from AS Monaco, where he continued to hunt for the ball at the bottom of midfield, winning numerous titles. Fabinho, who has developed into one of the best defensive midfielders in the world, has taken to his social network to reflect on his five years and express his gratitude to his supporters.
“Today I leave my home. It’s been five years wearing this jersey and always with the greatest honor and happiness possible. Since day one at Liverpool, I’ve been embraced by everyone. What I saw inside this club, the relationship between the people there, made me feel like family. “
“In these five years, I grew as a player, as a man, I made dreams come true… With that jersey, I won every title a player can dream of. Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup, Carabao Cup…”
“Thanks to Liverpool, I reached my highest level and played a World Cup. Thanks to Liverpool, I fulfilled my dream of walking into a stadium with my son in my arms. Thanks to Liverpool, I played in the best stadium in the world, with the best atmosphere in the world, which is Anfield. Thanks to Liverpool, I lived the biggest match of my life, the comeback against Barcelona, which was only possible thanks to Anfield. That moment will always be in my memory. “
“I love what this crowd represents for the club. This love relationship between the club and the fans has always impressed me. And I can say without fear that “You’ll never walk alone”, after that match, alongside our fans, was the most defining moment of my career with Liverpool.”
“I say this with a heart full of joy: I love this club. Thank you, Reds, for everything we’ve experienced together. You will never walk alone. #YNWA”