The transfer to Liverpool of a playmaker ‘like Neymar and Philippe Coutinho’ should not be overlooked

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Liverpool were far from Fulham playmaker Fábio Carvalho’s only side before his contract with the Championship side expired, but the Reds won the race for his signature.

An announcement will be made, likely once the remainder of the season is complete, and Liverpool will be their destination despite reported interest from Real Madrid, among others.

Exactly where Carvalho fits into the Liverpool squad remains to be seen. He may be more likely to play as a number eight in midfield three, but neither Curtis Jones nor Harvey Elliott have played so much football in recent months and competition for places is tough.

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Another option would be for him to play wide, although there are plenty of options there too, or perhaps be molded into a false nine as Roberto Firmino’s long-term successor.

Those possibilities are all on the table and yet to be determined, but the one thing Liverpool can count on is that they have top-notch emerging talent – ​​his 11 goals and eight assists this season is testament to that.

There’s no guarantee these numbers will immediately translate to Anfield, partly because of the change in position (Carvalho has essentially had a free attacking role as number 10 this season; a position Liverpool don’t play with) , but also partly because of the step up to the first division. It may take time to adjust.

But one guarantee is that he is a player with technical attributes and plenty of flair – well-blended with footballing intelligence and a willingness to push high and show the intensity that Jürgen Klopp demands. It’s something that has always been evident in his game.

“We were unaware of his athletic involvement outside of school, so we got his parents’ consent and arranged for him to play in a local five-a-side game with friends and family. so I can watch him play,” Humphrey Aghoghovbia Jr, the man who would have signed Carvalho for Fulham, told Football League World.

“Immediately before the game started, I was passing him a ball back and forth and noticed his technique and balance on both feet. Once the game started, you could see his speed of thought, his graceful nature when from receiving the ball and the maturity of decisions that even played against significantly older opponents.

“Fábio was 100% a different breed. He immediately drew comparisons to Neymar and Philippe Coutinho in his style of play: an exotic guy with exceptional skill and flair.”

As well as a reminder of their youth (compare to that schoolboy duo!), it’s also a glimpse of the type of player Liverpool have acquired.

With the Reds, that style will be welcome, combined with a work ethic off the ball as well. Klopp will be able to mold the player as he wishes, with raw attributes clearly suited to his style of play.

It might not be a £200m-plus Erling Haaland snap or a mega-money transfer rumor for Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong, but don’t be fooled. Make no mistake: this is a big and very exciting transfer deal that Liverpool have already done before the summer has started.

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