By Beck Pascal

18th Jun, 2022 | 8:00am

When & Where will Fabio Carvalho slot in Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side

Fabio Carvalho can burst into Jurgen Klopp’s starting XI at Liverpool sooner than people think – his versatility is a huge boost for the German. 

The Reds tried to sign the 19-year-old back in January but the deal fell through on Deadline Day much to the Kopites disappointment. 

However, in March [23] Sky Sports confirmed the Anfield outfit had completed the signing of the Portuguese under 21 from Fulham on a five-year deal. 

With his deal expiring at Craven Cottage at the end of the 2021/22 campaign, the Merseysiders may have to pay the west Londoners compensation as a result of a tribunal. 

Carvalho was involved in 19 goals in all competitions last term for the Cottagers which was a major factor in them getting promoted back to the Premier League.  

Given his insane quality and massive potential, they have got a brilliant deal – one that Fulham could regret when they face their former star in the 2022/23 term. 

Liverpool face Marco Silva’s side on the first day of the Premier League season which might come too soon for Carvalho with him expected to link up with the team at Kirkby on 1 July.

The forward most likely won’t have to wait long if he impresses in pre-season. Klopp is not shy of blooding young talent as he has shown with Carvalho’s Fulham youth teammate Harvey Elliot by backing him in crunch games for example Inter Milan away in the Champions League.

If the versatile forward man impresses he will undoubtedly feature in the team as the Reds look to utilise their squad depth as they push on all fronts. 

You would expect him to slot in at left-wing but Luis Diaz might have something to say about that after making that position his own since signing in January.

His pace and trickery could easily see him play in any of the front three roles. Klopp likes to switch around his attackers and the attackers’ ability central and out on the wing is a huge boost. 

He can also play as a number ten and whilst the domestic cup double winners don’t usually play with an attacking midfielder, they have done on occasions and may be tempted to do it again if they have the right man for the job. 

He will face a lot of competition from some of the best attackers in the world but if Carvalho plays how he plays did in the Championship last season, there is no doubt he will be in the team sooner rather than later.

In other Liverpool news, the Reds lead race to sign Birmingham City midfield starlet Jobe Bellingham.