The pair played together for AS Monaco.
“He told me how much I would like Liverpool and how impressed he was by the way people here live, and breathe football," Fabinho said.
“We were good friends at Monaco and he was one of the best players there.
“We had a real understanding, and I'm really happy for him that he won the title last season.
“I wish him plenty of individual success this season, but not the title."