Liverpool struck gold with Fabio Carvalho

Liverpool have laboured through what has been arguably their worst campaign under Jurgen Klopp. Whether or not this hugely successful era is coming to an end is a matter for debate, but what certainly seems required is for the German to rejuvenate the squad over the summer and try to build another great team.

Last year, it looked like Klopp was prioritising the future, signing talents such as Calvin Ramsey, Darwin Nunez and Fabio Carvalho, who were all aged 23 or younger when coming to Anfield.

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Nunez has enjoyed a mixed start to life at Liverpool following his club-record £85m transfer, scoring ten goals but also missing a litany of chances, while 18-year-old Ramsey is clearly one for the years ahead, but it could be Carvalho from whom Liverpool may benefit the most.

How much is Fabio Carvalho worth now?

The youngster joined the Reds at the very end of last season for a fee of £5m. They missed out on him on deadline day the previous January but Klopp persevered and eventually secured a deal for the 20-year-old, and it could prove to be a massive shrewd piece of business by the German.

Carvalho enjoyed a fruitful spell in the Championship last season, featuring 36 times as Fulham won the title and promotion to the Premier League. He averaged a Sofascore rating of 7/10, which included ten goals, eight assists, 13 big chances created and an average of 1.7 key passes made per match, and this obviously caught Klopp’s attention.

Life in the top flight has naturally been more difficult, yet he has still managed to score twice in 11 matches, completed 50% of his dribbles and averaged one shot per game. This shows that, despite the increase in quality, the 20-year-old is still aiming to score and create as many goals as possible.

His form has seen his market value increase by 264% on his transfer fee, with Football Transfers now valuing the youngster at €20.4m (£18m). This has been an excellent rise, especially considering how limited his first-team opportunities have been as of late – he has only featured twice (both in domestic cup competitions) since the World Cup break.

Former professional footballer George Chomakov claimed that Carvalho gave him “Coutinho vibes”, and with the youngster being deployed either in an attacking midfield or left-wing berth, it’s clear that he could follow in the Brazilian’s footsteps for Liverpool.

His versatility could be a big bonus for Klopp over the coming years and if the youngster continues his fine development by making further appearances in the starting XI, his value should increase exponentially. Klopp looks like he has struck gold on yet another talented youngster.

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