Who is rumoured Liverpool target Fabio Carvalho?
Fabio Carvalho of Fulham celebrates after scoring their team's second goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Fulham and Barnsley at Craven Cottage on November 20, 2021 in London, England (Jacques Feeney/Getty Images)

Liverpool, not content with signing just Luis Diaz, are rumoured to be attempting to secure a deal for Fulham’s 19-year-old starlet Fabio Carvalho.

Sky Sports’ Vinny O’Connor and Liverpool Echo’s Paul Gorst have reported that the Reds are interested in bringing in Carvalho before Monday’s deadline. 

  • Who is Fabio Carvalho? 

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One of the best attackers in the Championship this season, Carvalho has seven goals and four assists in 18 league games. 

Primarily an attacking midfielder, he can also operate on the right or left flanks. 

An excellent dribbler, his positioning and movement are his standout attributes. 

Liverpool writer Sam McGuire sums it up best when he says that "[Philippe] Coutinho used to dance past opponents to create chances for others, Carvalho slaloms past them to create opportunities for himself." 

He has composure beyond his age, and when combined with his positioning and movement, allow him to beat a man, shield the ball or roam into space to receive the ball. 

He is involved in almost everything Fulham do going forward, so is certainly comfortable with the ball at his feet. 

Whilst his finishing needs work, he has already shown a tendency to excel in the attacking third of the pitch and this will only increase learning from the likes of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mané, Roberto Firmino and Diogo Jota.

  • Relationship with Harvey Elliott

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He is not the first young talent that Liverpool will have plucked from the Craven Cottage outfit. 

And the Portuguese has in fact played 25 games with Harvey Elliott.

A particular highlight was a 4-0 drubbing of Reading's under-18 side, when he scored a hat-trick from the left of a 4-2-3-1, whilst Elliott played as a right sided midfielder.

Elliott had cemented a starting berth before his cruel injury, and Carvalho will be confident he can do the same. 

His confidence in his own ability is evident by the 19-year-old's ambition to win the Ballon d'Or in the future. 

And Fulham could be looking to avoid feeling cheated by a small tribunal fee again like when the Reds signed Elliott when his contract expired. 

  • Why move now? 

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With interest from the likes of Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund and Porto, the Reds are trying to act to secure the youngster's signature before he becomes a free agent in the summer. 

Whilst Barcelona will point to the rise of Ansu Fati, Gavi and Pedri, and Dortmund will highlight the immediate ascent of Jude Bellingham to their first-team to tempt Carvalho.

Jurgen Klopp will point to Trent Alexander-Arnold, Curtis Jones and Elliott's rise to first-team stardom as a pathway for Carvalho. 

  • The Verdict

Liverpool have stepped up their pursuit of targets in the past few days as it became obvious that other clubs were interested. They probably would have waited until the Summer to secure the Diaz and Carvalho deals, but urgency was required once other clubs starting sniffing around.