Liverpool still keen to sign Fabio Carvalho, says Klopp
After missing out on Fulham midfielder Fabio Carvalho in the January window, Liverpool hope to bring him to Anfield in the summer.
Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp said the club are still very much interested in signing Fulham midfielder Fabio Carvalho in the summer, after a January move broke down at the final hour.
Klopp confirmed widespread media reports that Liverpool made a move to bring in the 19-year-old on Monday's transfer deadline day, only for the club to run out of time to complete the operation - something that will not deter the Reds from trying again.
"We will see with that. Of course, we are obviously still interested - it would be crazy if we weren't but it's just intense at the moment and obviously not in our hands," Klopp told a news conference on Friday ahead of this weekend's FA Cup clash with Cardiff City. "I think Marco said it all in yesterday with these kinds of deals - it was pretty late to do the deal before the transfer window closed again. And so in the end it did work out but yeah, we'll see what happens... "
Luis Díaz on board
One deal Liverpool did get over the line was the capture of Porto winger Luis Díaz for a reported fee of 45 million euros ($52 million), and Klopp could not contain his excitement but added that the player will obviously require time to settle in. "We like pretty much everything about him," the Reds boss said. "I followed him for a while. Not only since we played them (Porto) twice in the Champions League, so he is an exceptional player. He has this speed, skill set, he has the character to have a really good career and we all want him to have this career here with us. He is maybe a little bit of a late bloomer, but he has bloomed exceptionally well. We are really happy that we could get him in now and we can help him and he can help us. But if he was already here with us, step out onto the pitch and be at his absolute best, and playing better than the rest of the lads, that would be really strange because the team has been working together for a while. So he will need time to adapt. I'm not saying four or five months, I haven't even seen him yet so while he is not here at the training ground, maybe we should wait a little bit! We are really happy about the signing and I think it's a really good sign that we are working on all fronts to improve the team. That's how it is in football, we have to be successful now and in the future".
Klopp also revealed youngster Harvey Elliott could be named in the squad for Sunday's clash at Anfield. The winger has been missing since September after suffering a serious ankle injury and undergoing surgery.