RB Leipzig seemed like the ideal step for Fabio Carvalho last summer.
The diminutive attacker had endured a tough 2022/23 season that saw him largely frozen out of the squad in the second-half of the campaign.
There was hope that a season’s experience in the Bundesliga would help reignite his stuttering Liverpool career.
However, it did not end up panning out that way, with the 21-year-old struggling for game-time under manager Marco Rose.
Those at Anfield were understandably not happy with the situation, and Carvalho was duly recalled in this month’s transfer window.
The former Fulham man is now at Hull City in the Championship alongside fellow Liverpool loanee Tyler Morton.
Carvalho has a good chance of making his Tigers debut this evening when they host Norwich City – with manager Liam Rosenior hinting as much.
Nevertheless, sporting director Rouven Schröder has given his point of view of the failed loan deal.
What did RB Leipzig sporting director Rouven Schröder say about Fabio Carvalho?
“We consciously chose Fabio last summer,” he said.
“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 realized: ‘Okay, there’s a competitor here, I have to do more!’ And we noticed that he didn’t want to face the competition.”
“We asked ourselves the question: Do we feel more comfortable with a man or are we clear and straight and say: Listen, if you don’t want to go with us, then we’ll end the loan. You shouldn’t be afraid of a break-off.”