Liverpool superstar Fabio Carvalho sends ‘big’ message to Man City
Fabio Carvalho has explained that making his Champions League debut was a dream come true and believes the 7-1 thrashing of Rangers was exactly what Liverpool ‘needed’.
The 20-year-old, who was acquired from Fulham this summer, played the entire game at Ibrox and looked energetic the entire time as the Reds recovered from their devastating loss to Arsenal on Sunday.
After the game, our No. 28 spoke with Liverpoolfc.com and acknowledged that he needed a strong performance to build confidence.
“Yeah, Champions League is what everyone dreams of as a little kid to play in and today I made my debut and played the whole game,” Carvalho said. “It was a dream come true.
“It was a good night. We needed it as a team and for me personally as well I needed that for my confidence. We got the three points and what a way to get the three points.”
Although we went 1-0 down in Glasgow, we showed great character to bounce back and respond with seven impressive goals.
Mo Salah’s five minutes hat-trick from the bench comes at a great time as we prepare for the visit of Manchester City at the weekend.
Pep Guardiola’s side are already 13 points ahead of Liverpool in the Premier League table, albeit having played a game more than the Reds, but Carvalho highlighted that the thrashing of Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side means the Merseysiders head into their clash with City in high spirits.
“We needed that,” he added. “Going into Sunday is a big game and we need to focus on that.
“The result went our way today and what a way to get the win, but our focus is on Sunday now and we can’t be dwelling on this game.
“Obviously, we know what we [have] done well and we know what we can improve on, and the result today will give us confidence for Sunday.
“We have big players who perform on the highest stages. It’s a big game so we have the big players for it.
“It’s a big game, a big occasion, and I’m sure if we give it our all and we work hard a good result will come our way.”
The Spanish coach would undoubtedly agree with this statement after acknowledging that Liverpool continues to be “the biggest test we can face in England” following our 3-2 loss to Arsenal.
Naturally, the Citizens will present a much greater threat than the Rangers did last night, so we must make sure that all of the players are aggressively engaged from the outset wherever on the field.
It will be intriguing to see which starting XI Jurgen Klopp selects given that players like Luis Diaz, Joel Matip, and Trent Alexander-Arnold have all been ruled out for the match against Pep Guardiola’s team.