Incoming Liverpool player Fabio Carvalho last night scored for Portugal U21 as they thrashed Liechtenstein 9-0.
The 19-year-old fired home his country’s seventh of the game just a minute after coming on in the 78th minute.
Watching a looped cross from the right, Liverpool’s newest recruit hung out by the penalty spot. With no one picking him up, he fired home a smart right-footed drive low into the net.
It was the teenagers second goal in just his fourth appearance for the country of his birth.
Carvalho shows his nose for goal
The goal was a good example of Carvalho’s instincts in the penalty box. Being his first goal since the announcement of his move to Liverpool, it will have caught the attention of a lot of Liverpool fans.
As Liverpool look to replace the goals of Sadio Mane next season, Carvalho is going to have to weigh in.
It’s been reported that Jurgen Klopp will look to use him across the forward line. This was a handy showing that his movement and finishing ability lend itself to playing as a centre-forward.
Exactly the kind of thing Liverpool supporters will be pleased to see from their new man.
Replacing a Liverpool great
As Carvalho usually played just off the striker for Fulham, there has been a lot of debate about where he could play for Liverpool.
On this kind of showing though, he may well be best utilised as the long-term successor to Roberto Firmino.
Bobby’s game time has dropped off recently, mainly because of injuries. The 30-year-old is reportedly keen to extend his stay at Anfield. But he isn’t getting any younger.
Liverpool are claimed to be looking for a new striker this summer and Darwin Nunez looks to be that man. But both Firmino and Carvalho would offer something very different to the Uruguayan.
Whereas he is all pace and strength, Carvalho and Firmino are more diminutive, technical figures. If Liverpool are going to challenge on all fronts again, they’ll need that variety.
Carvalho is already showing that he can be counted on to find the back of the net when given the chance.