Liverpool’s No. 23 is expected to be back in time to join the squad for their mid-season training camp in Dubai, and could make his return against Aston Villa on Boxing Day.
Whether in a 4-3-3 or 4-4-2, however, Klopp may have a useful replacement for Diaz in Carvalho, who has featured in only one of the last four games – being brought off at half-time in the 3-3 draw with Brighton.
That is the opinion of many supporters, who took to Twitter following the news of Diaz’s layoff to back the Portuguese to fill in.
Diaz's injury is an opportunity for Carvalho (and the returning Curtis Jones), whichever formation Klopp uses over the next 10 games.
Carvalho behind the CF (as Jota now required on the left), where he played for Fulham, could bring out his best.
— Matt Ladson (@mattladson) October 10, 2022
With Diaz out until Boxing Day, I'd like to see Carvalho get an extended run in the team as a replacement. Depends on Klopp sticking with the new system, of course. In a more attacking role I think we'll see him flourish. #LFC
— David Brindle (@dbrindle_) October 11, 2022
— SachiLFC (@Sachi8LFC) October 10, 2022
People are discounting the fact that Carvalho can literally play on the left, gonna be important very soon
— Tank ? (@CalmLikeVanDijk) October 10, 2022
Diaz out but Jota is back, Firmino is blazing hot, Darwin stepping up, and Carvalho raring to go. It's difficult but we can manage. Protect Thiago at all costs.
— Rex??????? (@ThatRexGuyy) October 10, 2022
Since Diaz is injured we'll atleast see more of Carvalho ?
— DILEUM ?? (@MFDILEUM) October 10, 2022
— Jason (@jastricks06) October 11, 2022
Carvalho. He's been signed by FSG to back up Diaz, so let's see. If he's not good enough to come into the side and contribute(I personally think he is) then more questions need to be asked about FSGs recruitment, or lack of. https://t.co/ieMG0Vnkyq
— Luke McCann (@SportsF48625249) October 11, 2022
Highest g/a per90 at LFC this season so far:
1. Roberto Firmino ??- 1.28
2. Fabio Carvalho ??- 0.9
3. Darwin Nunez ??- 0.83
4. Mohamed Salah ?? – 0.79
5. Diogo Jota ?? – 0.67
Surely Fabio deserves a run in the team?
— L7I (@lewis77i) October 10, 2022
The Diaz news is good news.
I was concerned it was season ending, plus one where they never return as the same player.
So I'll take him missing 10 games.
Plus gives Carvalho an opportunity. Can he take it?
— Bert Disco (@HauntedLFC) October 10, 2022
But the loss of Diaz certainly opens up more opportunities for the 20-year-old – who scored in back-to-back games at the end of August – either on the wing or in his more natural central role.
Supporting Aleksandar Mitrovic as a No. 10 in the Championship last season, the youngster scored 10 goals and assisted eight in 36 appearances.
Klopp may be required to experiment following this latest injury blow, and he could do much worse than seeing if Carvalho can replicate that form in the weeks to come.