Fabio Carvalho is set for an exciting season at Liverpool with the teenager providing fans with a tantalising taste of his mercurial talent.
While Darwin Nunez and Mohamed Salah have stolen the headlines this summer, penning hugely important contracts with the Reds.
The former is Liverpool’s latest addition to a long list of hugely talented forwards to join the club, breaking the club’s record for a transfer fee.
Salah has just signed a three-year contract and is now the highest-paid player in Anfield history and is expected to glitter in the Premier League once again.
Yet, Fabio Carvalho’s potential role in an attacking midfield role isn’t being discussed enough. The 19-year-old has all the tools necessary to become a world-class player in the coming years.
He will no doubt be weaned into the side in the early stages of his career but as Jurgen Klopp proved with Harvey Elliott, the German isn’t afraid to throw young stars into the starting XI and learn on the job.
Carvalho hasn’t been signed to be a bit-part squad member – he’s a future key player and everything the coaching staff does is planned and calculated.
If he’s able to replicate his Fulham form for Liverpool, I have no doubt he will take to the Premier League like a fish to water.
It is, of course, a big step to the top flight but his goal against Manchester City in the FA Cup last season is proof that the 19-year-old isn’t out of his depth.
Liverpool paid just £5M upfront to secure his signature but he is a big signing for the Reds.
Klopp’s a huge fan of changing his tactics in-game by moving players into different positions or roles on the fly and so it’s so valuable to have a player as fluid and versatile as Carvalho.
While many fans, journalists and pundits are questioning the lack of a midfield signing, it’s important to note that Carvalho can play as a no.8 in the same way Philippe Coutinho did at the height of his Liverpool powers.
That’s in addition to Curtis Jones and Elliott, who are sure to play more often this season than last if Liverpool do indeed forego the opportunity to recruit a new midfielder this summer.
Liverpool have been very heavily linked with signing Jude Bellingham but he’s likely to only join the club next summer if at all.