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“Wow, this kid!” – How Liverpool new boy Fabio Carvalho made name at grassroots

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Liverpool wrapped up the signing of Fabio Carvalho from Fulham earlier this year, and his rise to stardom was not a conventional one for a young player in England.

Carvalho quickly showcased his talent, leaving those watching on completely gobsmacked.

After moving to Surrey from Portugal, where he represented Benfica as a schoolboy, Carvalho and his family were on the lookout for a new team for him at under-11s level when he appeared at a Balham FC training session in 2013.

“He could be in that generation that replaces the likes of Firmino and Sadio Mane.”

What he’s done has changed the landscape for us.” Cruttwell is in no doubt that Carvalho will settle quickly under Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool and feels he has the talent to eventually replace the likes of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah.

“We played hardball and got a deal that is unprecedented for grassroots football,” he added.

Inevitably, though, the word was soon out about Carvalho’s talent, with scouts from some of England’s top clubs keen to see him in action.
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