The Reds insist they are ready to challenge this season, regardless of their opponents’ record activity in the transfer market
Fabinho maintains that Liverpool are not worried about spending their rivals this summer as Jurgen Klopp’s team prepares to regain their crown in the Premier League.
The Reds, like the rest of the football world, watched Manchester City break the British transfer record this week, signed Jack Grealish at Aston Villa on a £ 100m ($ 139m) deal.
The reigning champions may not be there either, with manager Pep Guardiola confirming that City would like to sign English captain Harry Kane at Tottenham before the window closes at the end of August.
What did Fabinho say?
Big deals are expected elsewhere in the Premier League, with Champions League winners Chelsea closing in on the closure of Romelu Lukaku of Inter.
Manchester United have meanwhile added Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane to the squad that finished City’s runners-up last season.
It promises a competitive season at the top of the standings, but Fabinho has told reporters that the affairs of City, Chelsea and United will have no bearing on Liverpool’s own preparations.
“This Liverpool team has already won the Premier League, the Champions League … important trophies,” said the Brazilian. “We have already shown what we are capable of.
“We do not pay attention to the other teams. City are the Premier League champions and Chelsea the Champions League champions. The English teams are always strong and will always fight for trophies. This year will be no different.
“We will be strong, and they will be strong. Hopefully we will be a little stronger.
“We don’t pay too much attention to the other teams, we just focus on ourselves and work hard to be the best we can be.”
Has Liverpool done enough transfers itself?
The summer of Liverpool was a little calmer than their main rivals, although they made a big signing, RB Leipzig defender Ibrahima Konate in a £ 36 million ($ 50 million) deal in May.
Since then, the focus has been on renewing and selling contracts at Anfield, with a number of key players – including Fabinho – entering into new long-term deals, and a myriad of side players.
One important departure, however, was Gini Wijnaldum, who joined Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer after failing to reach a new deal with Liverpool.
The Dutchman played 51 games for the Reds in all competitions last season, and although Fabinho admits he will be missed this season, he believes there is enough midfield quality in Klopp’s squad.
He said: ‘Gini was a very good friend of mine. Personally, I will miss him very much. And the team will miss him because he played in all the games, was never injured and was a very good player. He was a leader.
‘Gini was a very special player for this club. For me personally, he has helped me a lot since I arrived at the club. Now he is with another team and I wish him all the best at PSG.
“But our team has already shown that we have good players to replace him. I think the midfield is the part of the team where we have more players – we have Hendo [Jordan Henderson], ek, thiago [Alcantara], Curtis [Jones], Millie [James Milner], Near Keita, many players who can play in this position.
‘I’m not worried about that (Wijnaldum leaves). Of course we will also miss Gini for the person he is, but we have the quality in this group to replace him. ”