Liverpool don’t have plans to loan Fabio Carvalho out as Jurgen Klopp expects him to be a crucial player in his squad for the 2022/23 season.
The Reds confirmed on Monday that he will officially join the club on the 1st of July after a deal was struck with Fulham which is set to cost £5million up front and £3million in performance-related add-ons.
His performances this season have been outstanding and more than eye-catching, yielding an impressive 11 goals and 8 assists as the Cottagers won automatic promotion to the Premier League by winning the Championship.
We can confirm Fabio Carvalho will join the club this summer.
The 19-year-old forward will officially complete a switch to the Reds on July 1 🙌
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 23, 2022
Yet despite Fulham boss Marco Silva admitting he would love to take Carvalho on loan, he will play an important role for the Reds in his first season at Anfield.
The 19-year-old can play in a range of roles for the Reds with no.10 and left-wing viewed as his best positions while he can also perform on the right-wing, in a midfield three or as a no.9.
Out of all the positions mentioned, I would be most excited to see him in a central role either as a no.10 or as a no.9 while it would be exciting to see him in a midfield role.
Got a feeling that Liverpool only paying around £8-million for Fabio Carvalho will get continually referred to in the near future as one helluva bargain. pic.twitter.com/zdXApmokrO
— Ben Webb (@BenWebbLFC) May 23, 2022
He could add quality to the Liverpool engine room in the same way that Philippe Coutinho did in his final season at the club when he would become the fourth attacker when in transition.
In the Premier League this season, Liverpool’s biggest downfall was their inferior midfield compared to Manchester City.
In the first part of the season, a lack of depth cost Klopp dearly as key players like Thiago and Naby Keita were missing for key games over an extended period.
Fabinho and Jordan Henderson have also been missing at key intervals.
The 2-2 draw with Spurs was a reflection of this – Klopp was forced to start a midfield trio of James Milner, Tyler Morton and Keita which was overrun and looking back, the points dropped were crucial.
City have had depth and quality in midfield and on the final day of the season, it was Ilkay Gundogan, Rodri and Kevin De Bruyne that won the title in dramatic fashion.
Adding Carvalho is a good step in the right direction to ensuring the Reds have more goals in midfield but Liverpool will need more investment in the middle of the park to make the difference across 38 games next season.