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Klopp resolve tested as Liverpool learn Prem suitor willing to buy star who should only be available on loan

Liverpool midfielders Fabio Carvalho and Harvey Elliott

After Jurgen Klopp admitted a summer departure from Liverpool is possible for Fabio Carvalho, a report has revealed that Burnley have become one of the candidates to sign him.

Carvalho joined Liverpool from Fulham last summer, but has found regular gametime hard to come by. Although his potential is clear, Klopp has preferred other options at times. Some injury issues haven’t helped Carvalho’s case either.

Consequently, on Friday, the Liverpool manager admitted that Carvalho could leave this summer, despite impressing him more than anyone else with his work ethic.

Under contract at Anfield until 2027, it is expected that any exit for Carvalho would be a loan. And now, some information has arrived about where he could go.

According to Football Insider, Burnley are interested in Carvalho after winning promotion to the Premier League.

And interestingly, they would be willing to sign him either on loan or even via a permanent transfer, which could test Klopp’s resolve.

It is not yet clear how much they might be prepared to pay for the 20-year-old. However, his skillset appeals to Burnley boss, Vincent Kompany.

The former Manchester City captain led Burnley to the Championship title this season, earning an immediate return to the Premier League. But they will need to strengthen their squad in preparation for top-flight football again.

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Carvalho is someone who has been outlined as a potential target to improve what the Clarets can call upon in the attacking third. The kind of territory he operates in is somewhere Kompany would find more options useful.

Burnley are not the first club to have been linked with Carvalho, though, so the race to sign him could be open. If they can beat the competition to take him on loan, it could be a useful pickup.

Liverpool should only loan out Carvalho

This season, the attacking midfielder has managed to make 21 appearances in all competitions, including 13 in the Premier League. Yet he has only started four matches in the league under Klopp.

Due to his potential, Liverpool should think twice about selling Carvalho so soon. Loaning him out, though, would appear to be in everyone’s best interests.

As long as they send him to a side where he can earn more regular gametime to develop properly, it would be the sensible decision.

Furthermore, a club like Burnley won’t be expecting to compete in the same region of the table as Liverpool. Therefore, a spell at Turf Moor shouldn’t harm anyone in this case.

There is plenty of time for Carvalho to make his mark as a Liverpool player further down the line. For now, all parties concerned need to carefully choose his next step ahead of the 2023-24 season.