According to a report from TEAMtalk, Liverpool are best placed to land Fulham star Fabio Carvalho, but would he fit the current system at Anfield?
The Reds are reportedly “confident of securing the signature for Carvalho” despite interest from Benfica, Porto, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Lyon and Monaco.
Fulham’s final contract offer to the 19-year-old has been rejected and the Reds are allegedly in pole position to sign him for free in July 2022 but where would he fit in at Anfield?
Would Carvalho suit Liverpool?
The Portugal-born Englishman can play on either flank but he has thrived in a central attacking midfield role for Fulham, where he can best utilise his passing and dribbling.
Since Philippe Coutinho left the club in 2018, Jurgen Klopp has turned to Andy Robertson, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Roberto Firmino for creativity and the final pass.
If Liverpool want to return to a system that relies on a no.10 for creativity then they will both need someone of a higher calibre than Carvalho and will also need to move away from employing Firmino in the false nine role.
This has already happened to an extent with Diogo Jota moving into a central striker role this season. But signing a no.10 would require Trent and Robertson to become more defensive-minded.
It seems like too much of a gamble when the current system is working so well and, if Liverpool want to excel, they need to improve on the personnel already in set roles.