Fabio Carvalho is back at Liverpool following a failed loan spell at RB Leipzig, but the 21-year-old is unlikely to play for the club again this season.
After just three starts in 15 games and 360 minutes on the pitch, Carvalho’s loan at Leipzig was cancelled on New Year’s Eve.
However, FIFA rules would effectively block any subsequent loan move if Carvalho were to play for his parent club this season.
Regulations outline: “Players may be registered with a maximum of three clubs during one season. During this period, the player is only eligible to play official matches for two clubs.”
Therefore while Carvalho in theory could join another club after an appearance for Liverpool this month, he would not be eligible to play in any official fixtures.
If desired, there is no stopping the attacker from featuring for the U21s to maintain his fitness, for example, but he cannot play first-team football for three clubs in one season.
Phillips’ half-season stint at Celtic has ended on mutual terms, with the centre-back expected to depart again, though a shortage of defenders following Joel Matip‘s ACL injury could see him stay as cover.
The same may be said of Williams, though having not played a single minute for Aberdeen’s first team, he is clearly short of match fitness.
He appears to have drawn a line under his time at Dundee, and common sense suggests he has been lined up to fill in for de facto first-choice left-back Joe Gomez this month.
But if Beck were to play against Arsenal in the cup, for example, that would block a loan move to any other club – except, of course, a reunion with Dundee.