Reports suggest that Fabio Carvalho is close to agreeing a loan move to RB Leipzig for the 2023/24 season.
The 20-year-old played just 730 minutes in all competitions for the Reds last season, in what was widely agreed to be an underwhelming start to life at Anfield. A permanent move away after just twelve months had been touted, but it appears the club is not ready to give up on the player just yet, with a £10 million offer from Leipzig for a permanent deal swiftly refused.
It is believed that Jurgen Klopp still sees a future for Carvalho at the club but does not see a featuring role for the player in the upcoming campaign, making a loan deal the best option for all parties.
Whilst the final details of the loan are yet to be finalised, several reports state that no option to buy will be included.
Carvalho arrived at Liverpool last summer with a reputation as one of the hottest prospects in English football, and appeared lively in his first few outings for the Reds. With results failing to go the team’s way though, Klopp reverted to his tried and trusted players, leaving the youngster somewhat frozen out of the picture.
There have been questions in some quarters over the player’s attitude, with suggestions that Carvalho believes he is “entitled” to a place on the team. It is worth noting though that these opinions appear to be based on nothing more than a handful of frustrated social media posts.
Given Leipzig’s tendency to give plenty of minutes to young players, Carvalho should have every opportunity to show his parent club why he should be in contention for a starting position on his return. The similarity in playing style between the two clubs has been a major reason Liverpool keep revisiting the Red Bull factory when looking for new signings, and this should also play into Carvalho’s hands.
It is important that Carvalho is not allowed to stagnate after a frustrating start to his Liverpool career, and with minutes not seemingly forthcoming at the club over the coming campaign it is best he gets to showcase his talents elsewhere for a season, either pushing himself into Klopp’s first team plans or securing a better option for his next move.