Arne Slot 'thought about signing' Liverpool ace for Feyenoord and could now give him huge chance

Coach Arne Slot of Feyenoord  during the Dutch Eredivisie  match between Go Ahead Eagles v Feyenoord at the De Adelaarshorst on April 25, 2024 in Deventer Netherlands
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While Arne Slot is already in place at Liverpool, he will need to wait a few weeks before the players join him. But come July 1, the first tranche of returns will begin, and the Dutchman can start really running the rule over some of his new squad.

Lots of the players will be delayed by participation in international tournaments. But Slot will nonetheless have plenty of interesting talent to assess, including emerging youngsters like Bobby Clark and returning loanee Sepp van den Berg — although he may already be familiar with one player in particular, having apparently coveted him at Feyenoord.

Fabio Carvalho should be among those reporting for duty at the start of next month. He switched allegiances from England to Portugal at youth international level, but is yet to receive a senior cap, and will play no part in the Euros.

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Signed by Liverpool upon the expiration of his Fulham contract in summer 2022, after a January move had not quite materialized, Carvalho got off to a relatively promising start under Jurgen Klopp. His highlight by a distance was a dramatic late winner against Newcastle.

But Carvalho fell dramatically down the pecking order, and by the start of the 2023/24 season, a loan made sense. The attacking midfielder ventured out to RB Leipzig.

Things looked troubling when Carvalho also struggled for game time there. But he managed to get his career trajectory back on the right track with a very fruitful loan at Hull in the second part of the campaign, after Liverpool had terminated the Bundesliga loan early.

Now, Slot will need to decide what happens next. His system of choice at Feyenoord allows a little more scope for a number 10, which would appear to benefit Carvalho — but more than that, the playmaker was actually on the radar at the Dutch club.

According to The Athletic, Feyenoord has 'held an interest' in Carvalho during Slot's time at the helm, suggesting he is a fan of the player. There are still no guarantees, with a temporary or even permanent transfer on the table if he cannot rise up the pecking order, but it's a promising sign for the 21-year-old.

Carvalho was not the only Liverpool loanee to impress at Hull, where Tyler Morton shone on a season-long deal. He's another one whom Slot will want to take a look at — with the time before the full squad returns potentially proving very beneficial. says: A fresh start at Liverpool means a huge chance for some of the youngsters, Carvalho included. The former Feyenoord boss won't be ripping up Klopp's winning template, but he comes in without any existing favorites or settled selections.

Naturally, Slot will have done his research, and will have players and plans in mind. But it's a massive pre-season when it comes to impressing the manager, and it sounds as though Carvalho might have the slightest of head-starts.