AC Milan could test Liverpool’s resolve by making a bid for Fabinho when the transfer window re-opens in January.
Fabinho joined the Reds in a £42.7m deal from Monaco and although he was expected to slot into Jurgen Klopp’s midfield three, the Brazilian has struggled for game time at Anfield.
Despite being fit enough to play, Fabinho didn’t make a Premier League appearance until Liverpool’s ninth game of the season against Huddersfield in late October.
Since then, he’s been given more of a run in the side, featuring in subsequent league fixtures against Cardiff, Arsenal and Fulham, although he was unused in the 2-0 defeat to Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League.
Competition in Liverpool’s central midfield has intensified this season with fellow summer recruits Xherdan Shaqiri and Naby Keita also competing alongside Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum and James Milner for their places.
Although Milan are interested in signing Fabinho, according to Corrierre dello Sport, it is unclear whether or not they will seek a loan or permanent deal in January, after already confirming a deal for his compatriot Lucas Paqueta from Flamengo for a fee of around £30m.
Milan bolstered their midfield options with a signing from the Premier League in the summer as Tiemoue Bakayoko joined on loan from Chelsea but the Frenchman has struggled to make an impact, starting just three times in Serie A.
Milan find themselves fifth in the league table and are 13 points adrift of league leaders Juventus who they were beaten 2-0 by prior to the international break with Gonzalo Higuain missing a penalty and then being sent off.
Current manager Gennaro Gattuso has come under pressure following a slow start to the season with Arsene Wenger rumoured to be one of the candidates in line to replace him should he be dismissed.