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Liverpool must ruthlessly bench Fabio Carvalho

Liverpool return to Champions League action tonight, with Glasgow Rangers the visitors to Anfield.

The tie represents an opportunity to return to winning ways following their 3-3 draw against Brighton and Hove Albion at the weekend, and their Champions League form hasn’t exactly been sparkling either.

A 4-1 thrashing by Napoli in the first group stage match was followed by a narrow win over Ajax and Jurgen Klopp will be aiming to take all three points from a winless Rangers tonight.

Thoughts turn to who will start for the Anfield side tonight, and Klopp could ruthlessly bench a young talent who has impressed at the club so far.

On the chalkboard

Fabio Carvalho has been one of the bargains of the summer transfer window, with Liverpool paying only £5m for him and Klopp has already integrated him into the Liverpool side on numerous occasions this season.

The talent is obvious, but the 20-year-old is lacking in experience and it has shown in recent matches. His last two matches against Everton and Brighton in the Premier League has seen him receive an average SofaScore rating of just 6.55, a torrid number for someone in an attack as star-studded as Liverpool’s.

The Portuguese midfielder alarmingly loses the ball every 4.3 touches in the Premier League this season and on Saturday against Brighton, Carvalho started in place of Luis Diaz on the left wing. Unfortunately, it was evident that he struggled out wide as opposed to his usual central role.

He took only 33 touches, completed just 18 passes, and lost possession ten times in 45 minutes as Liverpool went into the interval losing 2-1.

Klopp replaced him at the break with the Colombian winger and the stark contrast in the second half was remarkable, with Diaz assisting Roberto Firmino’s equaliser.

The Champions League looks like it could be a step too far for the youngster at this moment in time, and with Liverpool needing a win to boost their chances of qualification, Klopp will surely pick the strongest side available to him.

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Writer Johnny Ward dubbed the player as a “serious prospect” and with two Premier League goals to his name already, there is no doubt he can be an important part of Liverpool’s future.

Tonight, however, Klopp needs experienced heads and although it might be harsh for Carvalho to return to the bench, his time will come.

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