Jurgen Klopp reportedly needed further evidence when it came to the signing of defensive midfielder Fabinho.
The Liverpool boss splashed the cash last summer on Fabinho but it seems he also had two other options in mind to bolster his midfield.
According to The Athletic, Jorginho and Lucas Torreira were also on his radar for but it was ultimately Fabinho’s physical presence that secured the £39 million move from Monaco.
Both Torreira and Jorginho secured moves to the Premier League the same summer signing for Arsenal and Chelsea respectively.
Fabinho shone in Liverpool’s 3-1 win over Arsenal where Klopp branded him ‘sensational’, with the Brazilian looking likely to be a key player for the Reds this season.
Torreira also made an impact on Saturday’s game as he grabbed a consolation for The Gunners at Anfield following a move from Sampdoria for £26 million last year.
However the player has been in and out of the Arsenal side without having any real definitive impact which alludes to the idea Klopp made the right decision in securing the services of Fabino.
Jorginho followed in the footsteps of boss Maurizio Sarri as they both departed Napoli for Chelsea where he still remains.
Fabinho initially drew interest from the Merseyside club back in 2013 during his time at Real Madrid but it was his influential role in Monaco’s championship winning team that alerted Liverpool’s scouts to the player.
Fabinho put pen to paper 48 hours after Liverpool’s 2018 Champions League defeat to Real Madrid but has admitted that he initially struggled to adapt to the faster pace of the Premier League.
But the defensive midfielder has now found himself as one of the first names on boss Klopp’s team sheet as he looks to help drive Liverpool towards the Premier League title.
Speaking after Saturday’s victory at Anfield Klopp said: “Fabinho played sensational.
“There was one tackle from him that was just incredible – completely clean, winning the ball and passing it with his bum pretty much still on the floor.”
Liverpool extended their lead at the top of the Premier League as they maintained their 100 per cent record.
And the Liverpool boss shared his delight at his team’s overall performance.
“I am really happy with the performance,” he added.
“I did not see a bad player tonight or a player that played under his level.”
Arsenal drop to third as Unai Emery’s side suffered their first defeat of the campaign.