Just as Liverpool fans were still getting over their Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid back in May, they discovered they had just signed Fabinho.
The Reds have been crying out for a defensive midfielder for years and the £43.7 million purchase of the Monaco man seemed like the perfect acquisition.
And it sparked a spending spree from the club as Xherdan Shaqiri, Alisson and Naby Keita – who had agreed a deal to join 12 months previously – arrived at Anfield.
And it’s fair to say the quartet have had a pretty mixed start to their Liverpool’s careers.
Alisson has played in all four matches, keeping three clean sheets but made a terrible mistake against Leicester.
Keita started the first three games but was a substitute during the 2-1 win against Leicester.
Meanwhile, Shaqiri has been restricted to a few substitute appearances.
But for Fabinho, it’s been frustrating.
He was named on the bench for Liverpool’s opener against West Ham and that’s the only time he’s made a matchday squad.
When asked what was wrong with Fabinho, Jurgen Klopp replied: “Nothing. The team is good and he needs time.”
While Liverpool fans are yet to see him in competitive action, he got the opportunity to watch him play 90 minutes for Brazil on Friday night.
Brazil beat USA 2-0 in a friendly and, rather interesting, Fabinho played the whole match at right-back.
But he produced an impressive performance both defensively and going forward.
He started attacks with incisive forward passes and even won his side a penalty with a surging run into the box.
WATCH: FABINHO’S HIGHLIGHTS VS USA
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LIVERPOOL FANS REACT TO FABINHO’S PERFORMANCE
And after watching the match, Liverpool fans were very encouraged by Fabinho’s display and were urging Klopp to start him in midfield after the international break.
Fabinho has been monstrous defensively. Dominant in 1v1 situations. Could have certainly been of good use in the Belgium game.
— Seleção Brasileira (@BrazilStat) September 8, 2018
Fabinho looked good for Brazil, klopp's work paying off
— _dan (@n_danny08) September 8, 2018
Fabinho MAY be a better RB than Trent, but with him and Clyne we may never see Fabinho play RB for Liverpool.
— lil pizza 🍕 (@Cashpool69) September 8, 2018
Fabinho’s performance for Brazil today was amazing! 🇧🇷🙌🏼
— Gray🌪 (@FenomenoFirmino) September 8, 2018
Thank fuck Fabinho played sick last night
— Ben (@ShxqiriFC) September 8, 2018
Klopp will probably be very encouraged to see Fabinho play 90 minutes – especially with Liverpool’s tough run of fixtures coming up.
When the players return from the international break, Liverpool face Tottenham (A), Paris Saint-Germain (H), Southampton (H), Chelsea (H), Chelsea (A), Napoli (A) and Manchester City (H).
Fabinho could be thrown in at the deep end.
Incidentally, before Neymar had converted the penalty Fabinho won, Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino had put Tite’s side ahead with a finish inside the box after fantastic work with Douglas Costa.
That speed! 💥
A nice finish from Roberto Firmino, but how about that run from Douglas Costa? pic.twitter.com/ho93GHuBF1
— Goal (@goal) September 8, 2018
Meanwhile, Alisson also played the entire 90 minutes.