Fabio Carvalho can learn with no pressure if Liverpool move goes through
It seems inevitable now that young winger Fabio Carvalho will be playing Premier League football next season, but at Anfield with Liverpool instead of with Fulham.
The 19-year-old has been in terrific form in the Championship this season, scoring eight goals and assisting seven more in 31 appearances for the league leaders. But reports suggest that Liverpool have already snapped him up, with his contract set to expire at the end of the current campaign.
Fabrizio Romano says that a deal worth around £7m has been agreed between the two clubs and that Liverpool have got “no plans” to loan him back, so how does he fit into the Liverpool squad for next season and going forward?
Carvalho will be joining an elite attack that already consists of top level stars Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Luis Diaz, Diogo Jota, Roberto Firmino as well as talented youngster Harvey Elliott. So where does the development and game time come in?
The Portugal Under-21 international stylistically seems to fit in perfectly. He’s quick, direct, a great finisher and his work ethic means the team comes first and before any sort of personal achievements.
He’s versatile too, capable of playing across the front three and everyone seems to say similar things about him. He’s ‘coachable’, he’s ‘ambitious’ and he’s incredibly talented. These are things that Klopp loves in a player and you can never have too much depth within your squad if you’re competing at the top level on all fronts.
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Takumi Minamino and Divock Origi are almost certain to leave in the summer, while the future of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is up in the air too. That’s without factoring in the fact that Salah, Mane and Firmino are all out of contract in June 2023 too.
But taking this season as a primary example, if Liverpool make the Champions League final this season they will have played an entire fixture list for every competition they were eligible for this season. That means they need added talent and there will be ample opportunity going forward to play, but also to train and learn with some of the very best in the world in his position without the pressure to immediately perform.
We’ve already seen how far Elliott has come along despite not much playing time, because of the coaching of Klopp and the abilities of the squad. Carvalho is arguably ahead of Elliott in his development because of how much he’s played for Fulham, so the future is increasingly bright for Portugal’s next bright winger hope.
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