Real Madrid would like to sign Liverpool midfielder Fabinho in the summer transfer window, according to reports in Spain.
The Brazilian joined Liverpool in 2018 from Monaco in a £39m deal with the 27-year-old winning the Champions League and Premier League in his time at Anfield.
Fabinho has spent a lot of this season playing as a makeshift centre-half following long-term injuries to Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk.
Liverpool are in sixth place in the Premier League table, four points off fourth-placed Chelsea, who occupy the final Champions League spot.
They face a big battle to qualify for Europe’s top prize, while they were knocked out this season’s Champions League by Real Madrid at the quarter-final stage.
And Spanish website Fichajes claims that the Reds’ current ‘direction’ means that his intention to leave Liverpool could ‘increase with the passing days’.
Real Madrid are ‘aware of their situation’ and Fabinho’s ‘love for’ Los Blancos, something that was apparently ‘seen’ in their clash against Liverpool in the Champions League ‘when Fabinho spoke with Florentino Perez‘.
The report adds that ‘bringing him to Real Madrid would be a plus for a squad that needs a facelift’ and that the possible departure of Raphael Varane ‘will be decisive’ as Real ponder whether ‘to make a formal offer for the Brazilian’.
They end by claiming that it ‘does not seem that it will take too long to become a reality’.
Newcastle United dented Liverpool’s hopes of Champions League qualification over the weekend as they scored a last-gasp equaliser in a 1-1 draw at Anfield.
And Liverpool left-back Andy Robertson was frustrated that Jurgen Klopp’s side had failed to learn their lessons this season.
Robertson told reporters: “It pretty much sums up our season. We don’t learn our lessons, we keep on doing the same thing making the same mistakes.
“Newcastle deserved their goal, the two of them, I think that rule is ridiculous. We could be sitting here with a defeat, which is baffling with the amount of chances we had, the first half and even second half and the control.
“What we were based on was that we were so good at seeing out results and we can’t do that just now. It’s as simple as that.
“Teams always have a chance against us, they always build in confidence the last 10 minutes and believe they can get something. That’s not like us.
“We can’t keep on coming out and speaking a good game, we’re not doing it on the pitch and games are running out.”