Why Fabio Carvalho should start for Liverpool against Bournemouth
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 22: ( THE SUN OUT,THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Fabio Carvalho of Liverpool with Manchester United's Scott McTominay during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Liverpool FC at Old Trafford on August 22, 2022 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Fabio Carvalho should start Liverpool's crucial Premier League game against Bournemouth

The word 'crucial' to describe a home tie with the newly-promoted side might seem rather absurd, but Jurgen Klopp's side find themselves without a win in their first three matches. 

The midfield at Old Trafford was heavily criticised, with James Milner, Jordan Henderson and Harvey Elliott starting in the 2-1 defeat. 

Carvalho was a bright spark when he replaced Milner after 73 minutes, with Red Devils legend Paul Scholes heaping praise upon the Portuguese talent.

 

"I thought Carvalho did well when he came on. He carried the ball, running forward. That’s what I mean about creativity in the middle of the pitch," he told Optus Sport

He added that "When Carvalho came on he actually started running at the defence and trying to create a little bit more.”

  • A change in system?

Should the 19-year-old start, it may be in a 4-3-2-1 formation. 

After the disappointing result at Old Trafford, Klopp said that he only has five senior midfielders at his disposal, with injuries decimating his engine room. 

He added he has to start three, so a switch to a new formation would relieve that pressure.

Carvalho thrived for his former club in the attacking midfielder role, with 18 goals contributions in the Championship last campaign. 

 

It would also solve the issue of Roberto Firmino dropping too deep to receive the ball, something which happened way too often on Monday night, leaving the Reds without a focal point in attack. 

  • New blood in the 4-3-3?

An alternative to a shift in formation is the former Fulham man starting as the left-sided midfielder in a 4-3-3.

Carvalho is 5'5 and therefore lacks physicality compared to most modern central midfielders.

However, his work rate, technical ability and composure mean he could definitely succeed in the role. 

He is always looking to progress the ball up the pitch, with an urgency that Liverpool's midfield seem to be lacking lately. 

Both-footed, very comfortable with the ball at his feet, and confident taking the ball through opposition lines, a switch to a deeper role could be on the cards. 

One thing is for sure, he deserves to start on Saturday and show the Anfield faithful why the club were so eager to sign him. 

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