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Liverpool must unleash Fabio Carvalho in Thiago’s absence

Thiago Alcantara joins a lengthy list of Liverpool injuries at the moment, resulting in a weakened squad as the Reds stuttered to a 1-1 draw at home to Crystal Palace on Monday night.

Gallingly, the midfield three of Harvey Elliott, James Milner and Fabinho was bypassed all too easily for Wilfried Zaha’s opening goal in the first half.

With Jurgen Klopp seemingly stating that there will be no further incomings this summer, he must make a decision as to who will step in to fill the roles left by the various absentees.

One man who nearly thundered the Reds to a late victory with a sweet volley is 19-year-old Fabio Carvalho, who completed a permanent move to Anfield after finishing out last season with Fulham.

With Elliott already proving that the youth can be trusted with some impressive displays during his time at Liverpool, perhaps Klopp should consider giving Carvalho more starts to see whether he can step up and add a creative spark to the Reds’ midfield.

Last season for the Cottagers, he managed double figures for goals (ten), while also contributing eight assists. For context, only Jordan Henderson among Liverpool’s midfield provided more than five assists, while Fabinho was the only player in that position to surpass four goals for the campaign.

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To have such impressive numbers at such a young age suggests maturity beyond his years, further staking his claim for a starting spot in Klopp’s side.

This is further supported in his 1.9 open-play chances created per game (via The Athletic), with his creativity evident all across the pitch. He could easily fill in at central midfield alongside Elliott and Fabinho, relying on the Brazilian (two tackles per game) for defensive security.

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When it was announced that Carvalho was coming to Liverpool, he was labelled an “insane bargain for a player of his potential” by prominent Reds Twitter account Empire of the Kop, and perhaps a run in the team could speed up the process of turning him into the “superstar” that Elliott thinks he will become.

However, the fact that he can also chip in with 1.1 tackles and 0.8 possessions won per game suggests that his contributions will not be purely of an attacking ature.

With Klopp struggling to find the perfect balance given his myriad absentees, perhaps looking to youth could be a stroke of genius as he potentially considers revitalising a threadbare Liverpool midfield in order to kick-start their season.

Trusting in Carvalho could also save FSG the need to go into the transfer market and spend big, justifying Klopp’s faith in the squad that he currently has.

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