Why Liverpool should sign Fabio Silva as a long-term move

According to Daily Star, Liverpool could secure another signing from Wolves in the form of Fabio Silva. One of Liverpool’s coaches, Vitor Matos, closely worked with Silva during their time at Porto and Liverpool Echo were of the opinion that he could make the move to Anfield.

Ruben Neves was also tipped to follow a similar path given the association between them.

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Born in Gondomar, Portugal, Fabio Silva started his youth career at Porto before switching to rivals Benfica and then returning to his hometown club a couple of years later in 2017.

The 18-year-old caught the eye with his rapid progress at youth level at Porto while also impressing for Portugal in the youth circuit. Back in 2019, he scored 33 goals in 39 games to guide Porto’s U-19 side to UEFA Youth League glory, while also propelling Portugal to the U-19 European Championship title.

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FC Porto’s Portuguese forward Fabio Silva gestures during the Portuguese league football match Boavista FC against FC Porto at the Bessa stadium in Porto on November 10, on 2019. (Photo by MIGUEL RIOPA/AFP via Getty Images)

Silva’s prolific form at the youth level earned him a call-up to Porto’s senior side and he eventually made his debut against Gil Vicente in August last year. In doing so, he became the youngest league player in the club’s history.

The teenager subsequently went on to set new records as Porto’s youngest starter and youngest scorer over the course of his breakthrough campaign last term, scoring thrice in 21 appearances across all competitions. Silva, though, started only once in the Primeira Liga, featuring 12 times in the league overall.

Silva can be one for the future for Liverpool

The Reds boast of one of the best attacking troikas of world football which includes Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino. These three have worked in tandem and have achieved quite some success in the last two years. This season, they signed Diogo Jota and even he has hit the ground running.

Liverpool are doing well to recruit younger players in the attack who can eventually take over from the trio. Fabio Silva would represent one such player who they can sign in a few years to slot in as the centre-forward.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 29: David Luiz of Arsenal runs with the ball whilst under pressure from Fabio Silva of Wolverhampton Wanderers during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Emirates Stadium on November 29, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by John Walton – Pool/Getty Images)

While he remains a relatively unproven quantity in English football, one must remember he is just 18 years of age and will likely need some time to adjust to the rigours of English football.

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However, with Matos working with the player previously, he would know that the player is a huge talent and can develop into a fine striker under the right guidance.

Recommended by Vitor Matos and Pep Lijnders, Liverpool are reaping the rewards from Jota’s transfer. There are very good chances that the case is the same for Fabio Silva.

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