Liverpool dismiss ‘derisory’ Leipzig bid for young star despite ‘not the best year’ Klopp admission

Will Ford
Liverpool could sell Carvalho

RB Leipzig’s supposedly ‘big money’ offer for Fabio Carvalho has reportedly been ‘dismissed as derisory’ by Liverpool.

Carvalho is expected to leave Liverpool this summer having started just four Premier League games under Jurgen Klopp since his £5m move from Fulham in the summer.

Reports on Monday revealed the Reds had received a ‘big-money bid’ from a Champions League club and it’s now claimed it was RB Leipzig, who finished third in the Bundesliga, who tabled the offer.

But Times journalist Paul Joyce claims that bid has been ‘dismissed as derisory’, adding that Liverpool ‘will resist permanent offers’ but ‘will listen to loan proposals’.

Liverpool see him ‘as a future starter’ and will take a ‘hardline stance,’ though Klopp ‘will listen’ to Carvalho’s desires.

It’s thought the 20-year-old is eager for more game time elsewhere and Leipzig may well be an attractive club for Liverpool to send him to on loan, given their involvement in the Champions League.

Klopp admitted last week that Carvalho hasn’t had the best of seasons but says his attitude has been “unbelievable”.

Klopp said: “I think there is a possibility that maybe Fabio will go on loan or whatever. We will see. The thing is, this was not Fabio’s best year of his career, clearly, in a very young career, but it might have been his most important.

“No player has impressed me more than Fabio, that’s the truth. Because this kind of very talented boy came here with big dreams and big expectations, it was OK in the beginning but didn’t work out in the end.

“His work ethic will give him a fantastic career. He trained while getting nothing. For players, there’s only one present you have each week: you line me up, if not that then take me in the squad. That’s my only chance to satisfy a player.

“If I don’t do that, it’s about how the player reacts – and his reactions, in a row, I never saw it before. Unbelievable. I’m not sure if he goes on loan or whatever, if we keep him, we will see.”

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