Liverpool have simple fix for Mohamed Salah absence that won't cost a penny


Losing Mohamed Salah for an extended period of time is the last thing Liverpool would have wanted in the middle of a Premier League title race.

But that is exactly the problem Jurgen Klopp and his coaching staff will soon be forced to contend with as the 31-year-old prepares to take part in the latest edition of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON). AFCON begins on January 13 and could see Salah away until February 11 - should Egypt reach the final of the tournament.

Salah's departure comes at a time whereby the Reds' attacking options have been struggling to make their mark in the final third, with others needing to step up during this patchy period. The return of Diogo Jota will go some way to easing this goalscoring burden and there is one other player who could come in from the cold to make his mark.

Indeed, Fabio Carvalho may be recalled by Liverpool during the January transfer window due to a lack of playing time at RB Leipzig. The Fulham academy graduate was loaned to the Bundesliga side for the entirety of the current season, but has been limited to only a handful of substitute appearances both in the league and cup competitions.

Carvalho's situation is unlikely to improve anytime soon, too, with Leipzig moving to agree a deal for Napoli attacking midfielder Eljif Elmas to push him even further down the pecking order at the German club.

The ECHO reported earlier this month Liverpool have held talks over recalling Carvalho due to the player's current situation, which is failing to benefit the 21-year-old and the Reds. A loan to another club for the second half of the current campaign is a strong possibility, though perhaps keeping the 2021/22 Championship winner may also be a viable option for Klopp.

Glimpses of quality were shown by the youngster during his debut campaign on Merseyside, most notably in back-to-back games against Bournemouth and Newcastle in August 2022 which saw the former Fulham star score in both fixtures despite only featuring from off the bench on both occasions. Carvalho also caught the eye in a Carabao Cup defeat away at Manchester City in December of last year, issuing a near-instant response to Erling Haaland's opener at the Etihad Stadium.

Take one look at Liverpool's fixtures during the months of January and there can certainly be a case made for Carvalho playing a starring role. A two-legged Carabao Cup semi-final clash with his former employers Fulham, in addition to a Premier League trip to Bournemouth could see the Lisbon-born talent occupy the left wing while enabling the likes of Luis Diaz and Darwin Nunez to take a much-needed breather.

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