Speaking ahead of the final game of the season, Klopp told reporters that “there is a possibility that maybe Fabio will go on loan or whatever.”
“This was not Fabio’s best year of his career, clearly, in a very young career,” he manager said, “but it might have been his most important.”
Klopp took a “we will see” stance on his future, but privately it appears as though he has made his mind up.
Football Insider‘s David Lynch reports that the midfielder is “prepared to reluctantly accept a permanent departure,” with Liverpool receiving a “big-money bid.”
Either way, The Athletic insist that Liverpool have already rejected the bid.
Lynch adds that Carvalho has been told “he will not be part of Klopp’s first-team plans for the 2023/24 campaign, regardless of how pre-season goes.”
Liverpool are described as “reluctant to lose a major young talent on a permanent basis,” though there have been “tentative discussions” over a buy-back clause being included in any deal.
Carvalho made the squad for the trip to Southampton on Sunday, but was overlooked again, making the bench for the final seven fixtures but only coming off the bench once.
Throughout his maiden campaign at Anfield, the 20-year-old featured 21 times, eight as a starter, but only played on five occasions since the World Cup.
The youngster was a key player under Marco Silva in their promotion campaign last time out, starting 35 of his 38 games, scoring 11 goals and laying on eight assists.
He clocked 638 minutes on the pitch in his season at Liverpool, which is almost five times less game time than he was handed at Fulham last time out.