A transfer that has been over six months in the making, Jurgen Klopp’s side narrowly missed out on signing the 19-year-old in January when the deal fell through at the eleventh hour, with Carvalho spending the remainder of the season with Fulham.
However, fast-forward to now, and Liverpool have finally confirmed the signing of Carvalho, who is expected to feature for the Merseyside club next season. And with that in mind, what could the Reds’ XI potentially look like if the talented midfielder was to start on the opening day of the 22/23 campaign?
Ibrahima Konate pairs Virgil van Dijk in familiar back-five
With one of the best defences in world football, it’s perhaps not too surprising that the Liverpool backline looks rather unchanged, with the only major difference being that Ibrahima Konate partners Virgil van Dijk in the centre-back position.
The former RB Leipzig star has enjoyed a solid first year in England, with the defender starring for Liverpool in their FA Cup triumph and having strong performances in the Premier League and UEFA Champions League. And next season could be the one that sees Konate become a regular in the defence.
Whilst Joel Matip has enjoyed arguably his best season yet for the Reds, Konate’s age and potential makes the French centre-back an incredible prospect for Liverpool, and for Klopp, the towering defender could be ready to pair with Van Dijk for the 22/23 campaign.
Fabio Carvalho replaces Thiago Alcantara in central midfield
Liverpool announcing the signing of Carvalho has been long overdue, yet the teenage midfielder has finally been confirmed as the newest member of the Anfield family, and next season, the youngster could be a suitable backup to Thiago Alcantara.
The £20m Spanish midfielder has been solid this campaign, though injuries have once again plagued Thiago’s year, with the former Bayern Munich star likely to miss out on the Champions League final. And next season, Carvalho could be an ideal backup, or even a straight-up replacement, for the playmaker.
Joining Carvalho in our midfield is of course Fabinho and Jordan Henderson, with the duo hitting the peaks of their career and who next season could enjoy their best years yet for Liverpool if they can both stay fit.
Sadio Mane retains striker role with Mohamed Salah out on the wing
Sadio Mane’s transformation to a centre-forward for Liverpool has been unexpected yet a welcome change for the Reds, with the decision to play down the middle allowing Luis Diaz to take the left-wing position and thrive for the Anfield side.
The Colombian international’s first five months in the Premier League have been a joy to watch, and next season could see Diaz explode onto the scene if he gets the start right from the first game of the new campaign, especially if the winger continues to play in his preferred position.
As for who will play out on the right, Mohamed Salah is the only correct answer as the Egyptian winger enjoyed another incredible season on Merseyside, with the attacker the club’s leading goalscorer for the campaign and arguably the Premier League’s best player for the year.