Fabinho says he is satisfied with his first season at Liverpool despite a difficult start.
The Brazilian midfielder made the switch from Monaco last summer and initially struggled for game-time at Anfield, but he finished the campaign with 28 appearances, 21 of which were starts.
The 25-year-old did start the Champions League final win over Spurs and both semi-final legs against Barcelona, and Fabinho feels overall his first season at Liverpool should be considered as a success.
He told the club’s official website: “In my first season I knew there would be a learning and settling-in period. I went through this.
“It didn’t last that long but I remember it wasn’t easy starting afresh, I was left out for a few matches.
“Even though I was telling myself that I needed to work hard and be patient, it’s not easy being out of the team. But that’s in the past now, I started playing more.
“The more you play, the more you can enjoy your football. I think I became an important part of the team, I gave the manager [Jurgen Klopp] another option he could depend upon. So I think it was a really good season.”
Liverpool finished in second spot in the Premier League last year – just one point behind champions Manchester City.
The Reds are 3.30 to go one better next term and land the title, with Liverpool 1.13 to kick-off the new season with a win over promoted Norwich at Anfield.