Liverpool looking for ‘best solution’ as ‘deeply unhappy’ star is offered escape route

Ben Stewart
Harvey Elliot and Fabio Carvalho of Liverpool during today's training session

The latest reports have revealed that RB Leipzig have held further talks with Liverpool regarding Fabio Carvalho and a potential summer move.

The Portuguese midfielder joined Jurgen Klopp’s side from Fulham last year in a deal worth £7.7m with add-ons.

He has mostly had to settle for a bit-part role though, playing just 343 minutes of league football this season.

In total, Carvalho has played 21 games for Liverpool, with most of his appearances coming from the bench.

RB Leipzig have held an interest in the 20-year-old for some time and Fabrizio Romano has clarified the latest developments.

“Understand RB Leipzig have had more talks with Liverpool this week over Fabio Carvalho deal — told negotiations will continue over the weekend,” Romano explained on Twitter.

“Liverpool don’t want to lose the player on permanent transfer, now looking for the best solution.”

Klopp clearly sees the potential in Carvalho, but he has been reluctant to hand him a regular starting spot as of yet.

With Liverpool not wanting to lose him on a permanent basis, a potential loan deal could be explored.

Alternatively, it has been suggested that Liverpool could sell the player, but insert a buy-back clause in his contract.

It has been well-documented that Carvalho himself isn’t happy with how his debut season with the Reds has gone.

“He is deeply unhappy with what has happened this season, that’s from a base of genuine knowledge,” Jack Collins told the Ranks FC Podcast.

“I can tell you he’s a very very fed up kid right now, he is very unhappy and I think there are genuine signs from his camp that he wants to get out of there permanently, because he feels let down.”

Carvalho scored two league goals for Liverpool, including a 98th-minute winner against Newcastle.

However, despite showing glimpses of quality, even Jugen Klopp has admitted that it has been a tough year for the youngster.

“I think there is a possibility that maybe Fabio will go on loan or whatever,” Klopp told reporters in May. “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.”

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