Jurgen Klopp reveals new summer signing Fabio Carvalho can play multiple positions in Liverpool team
Speaking to the official Liverpool website (h/t Liverpool Echo), Jurgen Klopp talked about the number of positions Fabio Carvalho could play in on the pitch. The versatile attacking midfielder has played in several positions throughout his career.
Mentioning this versatility, the German manager revealed the Portuguese forward’s ability to play in multiple positions. In the Liverpool team, the 19-year-old could play on the wings, as an eight and number 10, among other positions.
“He can play so many different positions for us, the way we play. At the minute he’s not really set on one position – it’s the wing, it’s the eight, it’s the 10, it’s the false nine if he grows a few more muscles.”
Klopp calls the player’s development a short and long-term project. The gaffer admits that Carvalho needs time to adapt but has no doubts about the 19-year-old’s quality.
“It’s a short-term and a long-term project; he can start tomorrow and he needs to adapt, you can see that a little bit, but when he has the ball that’s proper quality. I’m over the moon that he’s here. Fantastic prospect.”
Carvalho joined Liverpool from Fulham in a deal that could potentially go up to £7.5 million. Coming up through the ranks at the London-based club, the Portuguese was pivotal in the Cottagers’ push for promotion last season.
Featuring in 38 games for Fulham, Carvalho scored 11 goals and gave eight assists, mostly operating in the attacking-midfield role. The Portuguese was a key member of Marco Silva’s side that topped the table in English football’s second tier.
The Reds have got themselves a great prospect and fans will be looking forward to seeing him in action at Anfield. What will be interesting is to see the role Carvalho plays.
We don’t really play with a set number 10 in the team and most of our threat under Klopp has come from our wings. Mohamed Salah is an expert at coming inside from out wide and scoring goals.
It’s been years since Liverpool have operated with a number nine, an out-and-out striker, but Darwin Nunez seems to fit the bill. Luis Diaz has made the position on the left out wide his own since arriving in January.
Diogo Jota is one of the most versatile attackers in our side, having the ability to play effectively through the middle or out wide. Roberto Firmino, on the other hand, is our false nine and provides the team with a completely different dimension from our other forwards.
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It remains to be seen how Carvalho goes about his business in Merseyside and whether the 19-year-old can fulfil his potential. But the Portuguese forward has versatility on his side and having the ability to play multiple positions is a good thing for game time.