Fabio Carvalho might just make him indispensable for Liverpool's next boss

The 10/10 banger that shows Klopp’s Liverpool successor has yet another wonderkid to work with

Liverpool loanee Fabio Carvalho has just scored what we can only describe as a thunderbastard of the most thunderous and bastardly nature.

Hull are hosting West Brom in a Championship playoffs six-pointer, and the Liverpool loanee has given the Tigers the lead in a way most of us can only dream of.

Fabio peels back to the edge of the area, one touch out of his feet to set himself, then BANG! A bulging net and Hull City chins hitting the deck.

The 21-year-old signed for the Reds, netting two goals and making one assist in his thirteen league appearances that season — not bad at all for a young man of 20 making the jump to the Premier League.

Carvalho was born in Lisbon and spent the first 11 years of his life there, coming up through Benfica’s academy — fertile ground for an aspiring baller to grow. After four years with Balham, Fabio was spotted by Fulham, who promptly snapped him up. The Portuguese shone in his forty senior appearances for the Cottagers, and that was enough for Liverpool to see his potential.

It been an unorthodox rise for Fabio, so far. Moving country at a young age, spending time in the Combined Counties League, adjusting to different cultures and different levels of football. That’s a lot of experience for a person to have at such a young age, and it will surely set him up to succeed in the long term.

Carvalho represented England at U16, U17, and U18 level, but chose to represent Portugal, the country of his birth, at U21s. England’s loss is Portugal’s gain as the wonderkid continues to bloom into the force he’s always seemed destined to be.

Jurgen Klopp announced his decision to leave Liverpool a few weeks back. Come the end of the season, Jurgen will be on the beach, or, more likely, sinking weissbier somewhere in Bavaria, and Liverpool will have a new boss with a fresh approach calling the shots, and the frontrunner is a certain Xabi Alonso.

If it is to be Alonso, a glance at his Bayer Leverkusen squad will tell you he only has four over 30s in the entire squad, and two of those veterans are goalkeepers. Leverkusen’s star man under the Spaniard has been Florian Wirtz, who is still just 20 years old. Xabi has no problem with playing the kids if they’re good enough, and that might work in Carvalho’s favour.

Could this wondergoal be the catalyst that boosts him toward the Liverpool starting XI when he returns from loan? Could a change in manager be the shake-up Carvalho needs to confirm his reservation at the Premier League table?

By Andrew Martin

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