Jurgen Klopp will likely be frustrated after a Liverpool player sent the club a jibe ahead of playing for a new team in the 2023-24 season.
Liverpool opted to let James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita leave on free transfers earlier this summer by refusing to offer them contract extensions. They were hoping to keep striker Roberto Firmino by handing him a new deal, but he snubbed it and has gone on to join Al Ahli.
Klopp could soon lose two vastly experienced midfielders as Jordan Henderson and Fabinho are both being hunted by Saudi Arabian clubs. Henderson has reportedly ‘said his goodbyes’ as he prepares to sign for Steven Gerrard’s Al Ettifaq in a deal which will earn Liverpool an initial £12m.
Fabinho, meanwhile, has agreed personal terms with Al Ittihad. There were recently claims the transfer could collapse due to the player’s dogs, which are prohibited in Saudi Arabia. But according to the latest from David Ornstein, any doubt over the move ‘has nothing to do’ with the pets.
Instead, Fabrizio Romano states that the documentation surrounding the deal could cause it to collapse. However, all three parties remain committed to getting the deal done.
One player who has already left Anfield is attacking midfielder Fabio Carvalho. On June 30, he joined German club RB Leipzig on a season-long loan.
Carvalho only signed for Liverpool last summer but failed to make a significant impact during his debut campaign on Merseyside. He made 22 appearances in all competitions, scoring three goals in that time. In the second half of the Premier League season, Carvalho only played twice, for a total of just eight minutes.
In a recent interview (via transfermarkt), Carvalho discussed several topics including trying to replace Dominik Szoboszlai in Germany and the reason he decided to leave Liverpool. On Szoboszlai, who recently became a Liverpool player, Carvalho said: “I don’t really like to speak about other players.
Fabio Carvalho explains Liverpool departure
“Obviously, everyone knows that Szoboszlai is a very good player. But I have confidence in myself and believe in myself, and I have confidence that I can give my best to RB Leipzig.”
The Portugal U21 international then complained about Klopp playing him in the wrong position, despite him being promised game time in his favoured role.
“I feel like why it didn’t work out at Liverpool was because of the position I was playing,” he added. “I was playing on the left, which isn’t really my position. I was told that I would play as a no.10, but we didn’t really play with a no.10 last year.
“When we play with a no.10, then I can get on my prominent side, and I am able to turn. That’s why I would say it didn’t work out, and whether I will be here or at Liverpool next year, we will have to see how it works out.”
Carvalho continued: “I would say I’m a creative player, and I’m good on the ball.
“I work hard as well, not just for myself but for the entire team. My skill set is to be creative on the ball, on the counter, and on the attack. I am a fan of finding the right pass and to shoot. I like to score.”
It will be interesting to see how Carvalho does at Leipzig. If he becomes an important player for them and chips in with goals and assists, then he may just be given a second chance at Liverpool, despite his complaints about Klopp.