Liverpool: How did new Reds player Fabio Carvalho reach stardom from a small club?

  • Harry Di Cosimo
  • BBC Sport

June 22 2022

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Carvalho scored 10 goals and assisted another eight in the English Premier League

In a training session at English club Balham in 2013, the club’s founder and director, Greg Crotwell, did something unusual.

Crotwell has agreed to the request of a young boy who appeared in Clapham Common Park in the south of the British capital, London, to join the club’s under 11 team. The boy’s name was Fabio Carvalho, who recently moved to Liverpool after leading Fulham back to the Premier League.

“I was with another manager and we usually don’t let anyone join us without contacting the club first,” Crotwell told BBC Sport.

“We let him do a test, and in just 30 seconds you could see he was very special. I looked at the other coach and we both said, ‘Oh my God, what is this kid?'”