“Liverpool have a huge opportunity now to give Fabio Carvalho a clear pathway to become Mo Salah’s replacement in three years by letting him learn from the master himself,” he said.
“If Liverpool are adamant he stays with the first-team group then the best way is to have Salah mentor him so the master can eventually give way to the pupil. Salah is at the top of his game and he won’t fear anyone.
“So Liverpool should give him some real responsibility, which players love, to help and guide a youngster, and all of a sudden that conveyor belt of yesteryear will be back creating the Red Machine of today. That’s how dynasties are built.
“I see no reason why Salah can’t really help Carvalho on his way. Look, no one is saying Carvalho is automatically going to be the next Mo Salah, but with Salah’s guidance he certainly stands a better chance of getting closer to that level than he will without it.”
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Salah is already known within the squad for taking youth players under his wing and mentoring them. He has done it with Harvey Elliott and others.
It wouldn’t be a surprise if the Portuguese teenager gravitates towards Salah so he can learn from him.
The fact that Carvalho is friends with Elliott means he knows someone who is very close to the Egyptian already.
Regarding Collymore’s comments about eventually being Salah’s replacement, I honestly think Carvalho’s long-term position will be in the 10 role, where he played for Fulham.
That is his best position and it also means Jurgen Klopp can swap to his old school 4-2-3-1 which he loved to play with Mainz and Borussia Dortmund.
We’ll have to wait until pre-season starts though so we can see what Klopp has planned for this new-look squad.