RB Leipzig chief criticises Liverpool starlet Fabio Carvalho after failed loan spell | Football

Fabio Carvalho started his first game for Hull on Friday night (Photo: Getty)

Liverpool starlet Fabio Carvalho has been accused of not wanting to ‘face the competition’ by RB Leipzig’s sporting director.

Carvalho recently had his disastrous loan spell in Germany cut short, having started just three games for the Bundesliga club and playing just 360 minutes across 15 appearances.

The attacking midfielder failed to register a goal or assist during the spell but his return to Anfield was short-lived, and he’s now back out on loan at Hull City.

He’ll be hoping to get the Tigers back to the Premier League and has been thrust straight into action, starting their match against Norwich on Friday night.

Liverpool will be hoping he fares better in the Championship where he previously shone for Fulham, which convinced Jurgen Klopp to spend £7.7million on him in 2022.

Rouven Schroder, Leipzig’s sporting director, has now opened up on why Carvalho struggled at his club, suggesting that while the 21-year-old has good attributes, he wasn’t doing enough to fight for a place in the team.

He told reporters in Germany: ‘We consciously chose Fabio last summer.

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Carvalho barely kicked a ball at RB Leipzig (Photo: Getty)

‘He had a great season with Fulham in the English second division, which is very physical. We said to ourselves: great talent, good age, has already gained his experience.

‘Still, you only get to know a player as an end product when he’s there.

‘Fabio has a great character. But he realised: “OK, there’s a competitor here, I have to do more!”. And we noticed that he didn’t want to face the competition.’

Prior to the Norwich clash, Hull were seventh in the Championship, a point off the play-offs, and Carvalho will be hoping he can get them back to the top-flight as he did with Fulham a few seasons ago.

Liverpool meanwhile are on their winter break and will next be in action on 21st January when they travel to Bournemouth for a Premier League clash.


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