Just four days after the Champions League final and Liverpool have made their first signing of the summer.
Mere hours after Liverpool’s interest was first reported, AS Monaco midfielder Fabinho put pen to paper on a long-term contract at Anfield. It has sparked excitement amongst Kopites with the club fighting off the likes of Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain for their man’s signature.
Fabinho seems equally cheery about the move, too, noting in an interview with Liverpoolfc.com: “I am really excited about this move.
“This is something that I always wanted – this is a giant of a team. The infrastructures of the club look exceptional.
“A football club of this size coming after my services, I didn’t have to think that much about coming over. I will try to create my own history at this football club.”
Liverpool confirm Fabinho signing
Pictures of Fabinho holding the Liverpool jersey, donning the training kit and signing the contract soon went viral on social media.
However, some eagle-eyed onlookers noticed that Fabinho’s contract for the photographers wasn’t actually his contract.
That won’t come as much of a surprise but it was what Liverpool used instead that seems rather awkward.
What was actually on Fabinho’s ‘contract’
The club cannily placed the club badges at the top of the page, used bullet points and titled it ‘Player Contract Agreement’ but it was in fact an old news story from their website.
And of all news stories, it was based around Jurgen Klopp’s quotes on how Liverpool could go and win the Champions League final.
It documents Klopp refuting the role of Real Madrid’s experience and how Los Blancos have never faced a team like them before.
Check out the photograph below:
Surely a post-match article – of which there have been several – would have been a better call?
Some of the sentences on the contract include: “This club has in its DNA that they can really go for the big things.”
And: “The experience they have is a big advantage, 100 per cent, to feel more confident or whatever. But in the game, the experience doesn’t help all the time.”
Not to mention: “Everything is clear when you make the analysis and you see Real Madrid playing in different games against other teams and you think, ‘wow, they are really strong’ – but they never played us.”
Could they have used worse quotes? Probably, but why would you choose this, of all articles, for the unveiling of your new signing?
Liverpool were unlucky on Saturday night and perhaps Fabinho will go a long way to propelling the Reds to their first trophy under Jurgen Klopp.
Let’s just hope their signings continue to be more calculated than their logistics.
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