Jurgen Klopp has hinted that new signing Fabio Carvalho could be in for a big role this season.
Having signed from Fulham this summer for £5m, the young attacking midfielder has impressed in pre-season.
Fans have enough examples of skill, pace and quality over the course of Liverpool’s tours of Asia, Germany and Austria to get excited about.
With Klopp revealing that he is a ‘top addition’ in his press conference ahead of the Community Shield, it seems we will see a lot of Carvalho this season in a Liverpool shirt.
We’ve got another one here, Reds.
Fabio Carvalho v RB Leipzig 🌟pic.twitter.com/6EfE40gMZQ
— Watch LFC (@Watch_LFC) July 22, 2022
Klopp on Carvalho
Klopp spoke about Carvalho and how the player is fitting in so far – as well as his performances in pre-season, including the RB Salzburg loss.
“Last night he was tired as well, you could see that. He’s a technical player, he’s incredibly creative and we will have a lot of fun with him definitely.” Klopp revealed this to Liverpool’s official website.
“That’s a good example because Fabio last night was OK but can be much better, and that’s just how it is. You need all these kind of things, you need these little lows as well. I’m really happy with him.
“He showed up, he’s in the middle of the team after a short period of time and that’s a good sign for the team but for him as well. So, he’s an open, young man and a top addition for us.”
He's not just the future, he's the present. pic.twitter.com/3Q0eIHwZQp
— Anfield Edition (@AnfieldEdition) July 21, 2022
Where will he play?
As an attacking midfielder used to playing in a number 10 role, he will have to adapt to Liverpool’s 4-3-3 system.
Luckily, he’s seen regular minutes in pre-season, playing in the midfield three and in the front three where he’s thrived.
He gives Liverpool a real option on the left wing, where he can work as an inside forward – collecting the ball out wide and drifting in and linking up with the other forwards.
We may be 1-0 down but can we appreciate how good Carvalho was that half pic.twitter.com/ULaFj1mzzR
— H🥷 ﾒ𝟶 (@lfchaytch) July 27, 2022
His ‘Phillippe Coutinho style of play’ should see him look to emulate the Brazilian who did initially thrive in Liverpool’s 4-3-3 before heading to Barcelona.
He would be best suited to playing games in which Liverpool will dominate the ball – especially games against lower-level opposition where it is likely the Reds will face a low block and a stubborn backline.
However, he will have to prove he can handle the responsibilities of a big game against other top-level teams but it seems Klopp has faith in the 19-year-old.