Fabinho has said that he was “never close” to joining Manchester United as the Brazilian revealed his keenness to move to Liverpool once their firm interest was known.
“I was never close to signing for Manchester United, no,” Fabinho said. “I heard things said about it, but the truth is it was never a strong possibility.
“I won’t deny there were a few conversations about my situation with Monaco, but there was never an official offer from United.”
He continued: “I was sad to leave Monaco, a club that gave me a lot of great moments, but in football sometimes you need new challenges and I thought it was time to move on.
“As soon as Liverpool declared their interest in signing me, it was a simple decision to make.
“A club with Liverpool’s history wants you? Come on, you just pack your bags and go. It will be an honour to wear the famous red shirt.”
Liverpool view the defensive midfielder, who has played at right-back in the past, as Emre Can’s replacement after the German recently joined Juventus on a free transfer.