It has been a transformative six months for the Reds with the winter arrival of Diaz, the summer time sale of Mane and the club-record signing of Nunez.
They head into the marketing campaign with a new-look assault, although a contract extension for Mohamed Salah ensures that one of many long-standing entrance three will stay a key fixture for years to return.
However these inside the squad had hoped that Mane would reject curiosity from Bayern Munich and as a substitute decide to Liverpool, too.
“On the finish of the season, I spoke lots with Sadio. He instructed me concerning the scenario that he might depart,” he mentioned.
“However I feel he had already made his thoughts up. We needed to respect that.
“Sadio had a extremely good story in a Liverpool shirt. He performed for six years right here and through that point he gained every part you possibly can win and he determined that he needed a brand new problem. That’s OK.
“After the parade in Liverpool, everybody mentioned goodbye to him. We knew there was a great likelihood he could be leaving.
“I all the time stored some hope that he would nonetheless keep however then it was all confirmed.”
Fabinho‘s phrases shed some mild on the workings of a switch behind the scenes, with the Brazilian nonetheless hopeful that Mane would flip down Bayern up till it change into official.
However neither he nor his Liverpool team-mates are dwelling on the loss, with there a confidence that others can now “step up,” together with Diaz and Nunez.
“Shedding Sadio is a giant loss. He was one in every of our greatest gamers nevertheless it’s one thing that we are able to’t change,” he admitted.
“We have now to take care of it. Now different gamers should step up and tackle higher duty.”
Fabinho added: “Darwin might have a little bit of time to adapt, let’s see, however a participant like him can actually change a crew.
“He’s a correct No. 9. He’s a goalscorer. He scored in each video games towards us within the Champions League. We all know how good he’s.
“Although we misplaced Sadio, I nonetheless imagine that we are able to combat for every part. The crew continues to be actually sturdy.
“For a very long time it was all the time Sadio on the left facet. However now we have Luis on the left facet and we noticed how properly he performed within the second half of final season.
“Luis will change into more and more necessary.”