Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp identified Fulham wonderkid Fabio Carvalho as a hugely potential signing for the Reds during the January winter transfer window but all the club's efforts to sign the youngster proved to be abortive as he remained at the London club after the closure of the transfer window. Liverpool opened negotiations with the London club over a transfer for the teenager and talks between the two clubs progressed smoothly

However, the only hitch in the negotiations was that both clubs failed to complete the paperwork on time before the deadline. Failure to wrap up the paperwork proceedings on time meant that Carvalho would miss out on the move to Anfield and remained at Fulham instead.

Fulham manager revealed that the transfer breakdown did not affect the 19-year-old star as he turned up for training the following morning with a smile on his face. However, Liverpool are expected to return for the wonderkid this summer as they look to continue bolstering their squad with fresh faces.

Following the signing of forward Lucas Diaz, it is widely believed that the the Reds are slowly planning for life after their aging stars including their prolific attack comprising of Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, and Roberto Firmino. The three forwards are above 30 years of age and are slowly approaching the end of their careers, which makes it only wise for Klopp to start assembling new and young players as their future replacements.

There are other clubs interested in signing Carvalho though, including Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Barcelona, and AC Milan. If the 19-year-old signs for a foreign club, it will take a lesser amount to sign him as compared to if he joined a fellow English Premier League club or some other English outfit.

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