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Liverpool: Carvalho can replace Origi at Anfield

Liverpool can move on from their Champions League heartbreak and look forward to next season with their first signing Fabio Carvalho joining the club in July.

The Reds were defeated 1-0 by Real Madrid in Paris and were unable to capture their seventh European crown with Los Blancos lifting their record 14th European Cup.

Jurgen Klopp said he was “confident” Liverpool would be just as competitive in future and praised the group of players he has as “outstanding”.

They fell short in the two biggest competitions this season, having also lost out to Manchester City on the final day of the Premier League. However, they end it having lifted both the League Cup and FA Cup.

Improving their squad in the summer can ensure they go one step further next time. The Reds have already started by making Fabio Carvalho their first addition.

The Reds announced the transfer recent on their official website with the player joining up with the team from the start of pre-season. The deal was originally agreed with Fulham back in January, but collapsed on deadline day.

Can Carvalho replace Origi?





The fee agreed between the clubs is in the region of £8m. The Portuguese star has also been dubbed a “demon” by journalist Phil Hay.

He will massively improve their squad with 45 career goals to his name at just 19-years-old. Carvalho was vital in getting Fulham promoted and at only 19-years-old can be a key player at Anfield for years to come.

One player he can replace for Liverpool is Divock Origi. The Belgian is set to depart for free when his contract expires and Carvalho can certainly fill the gap that he will leave.

Most of Origi’s appearances have been off the bench as an impact player, which is a role the incoming youngster is also likely to have under Klopp next season.

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If you compare both players directly their stats are very similar in certain areas. Both have a similar shots on target percentage with Carvalho on 47% compared to Origi’s 50%.

When it comes to passing Carvalho beats Origi with a success percentage of 83% compared to 80%.

Klopp is good at developing young players and getting the most out of them, it will be interesting to see just how good Carvalho can become.

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