Brazil captain Thiago Silva has hailed Liverpool's capture of Fabinho, describing his compatriot as a 'really smart, really technical' player.

The Reds kickstarted their summer transfer business on Monday evening as they secured the services of the 24-year-old from Ligue 1 outfit Monaco.

Having both played alongside Fabinho at international level and faced him in the French top-flight with Paris Saint-Germain, Thiago Silva is something of an expert on the midfielder's qualities.

And he has predicted a smooth transition to the Premier League for his fellow Brazilian when he arrives in England.

The defender said: "He is really smart, a really technical player and I am sure he will get adapted to the Premier League as soon as he arrives here.

"He changed his position in Monaco, he was a right-back and now he is a midfielder.

"I don't know how Liverpool are thinking about using him, but I am sure they can use him in both."

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