It’s safe to say that Saturday was desperately disappointing for all Reds, with two absolutely appalling mistakes from Loris Karius effectively cost Liverpool a sixth European Cup. But the mood quickly changed when it was announced at around 9pm on Monday that Monaco midfielder Fabinho had agreed a deal to join the Merseyside outfit on July 1st.
The deal caught the entire media off guard, who if anything were expecting Lyon’s Nabil Fekir to be the first player through the door this summer. After the devastation of Kiev, fans’ spirits have suddenly lifted with sheer glee as pictures emerged of Fabinho in a Liverpool shirt signing a four-year contract, and even those famous Twitter ITKs never saw it coming.
It’s a fantastic piece of business by Liverpool and some fantastic work behind the scenes from Peter Moore and Michael Edwards who have pulled this deal off right under the noses of Manchester United and Arsenal. Moore and Edwards have received mountains of criticism during certain periods of the season due to Liverpool’s lack of transfer activity last summer and not spending anywhere near the amount that their rivals have, and lack of silverware.
One Carling Cup in eight years is nowhere near good enough. But look what Liverpool have achieved this season, nobody expected them to reach the Champions League Final over the likes of Manchester City and Manchester United. They have proved a lot of doubters wrong and no-one expected Liverpool to play the ridiculously attractive football that they did during the campaign. It was a set of confident decisions made by the Anfield chiefs. As a result of this, has the attitude towards the Anfield hierarchy changed in the past few months? Simple answer, yes.
The FSG out brigade have gone extremely quiet, you could even say that they’re now obsolete. The owners have brought Liverpool from the pits of liquidation in late 2010 and as a result, risen back towards the European elite where they belong, however the story is far from over.