Liverpool starlet hails Fabio Carvalho after Hull City spell and opens up on his Anfield future

Fabio Carvalho and Tyler Morton notched up 12 goals between them this season for City
Fabio Carvalho and Tyler Morton notched up 12 goals between them this season for City -Credit:MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Tyler Morton has heaped praise on Fabio Carvalho's impact at Hull City after the pair returned to Liverpool following the end of the regular Championship season.

The curtain came down on City's campaign on Saturday in desperate fashion with the Tigers losing 1-0 at Plymouth Argyle while West Brom's 3-0 win over Preston ensured the Baggies beat off competition for a place in the play-offs.

That defeat coupled with differences off the pitch between Liam Rosenior and owner Acun Ilicali saw the Tigers' head coach sacked on Tuesday which will see significant change at the MKM Stadium over the summer.

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Carvalho and Morton were two of six players on loan at the MKM Stadium, along with Liam Delap, Noah Ohio, Anass Zaroury and Ryan Giles, all of whom have since returned to their parent clubs, aside from Giles who is expected to see his £4m move from Luton Town completed this summer.

Morton impressed at the base of Rosenior's midfield after arriving on deadline day last summer, playing 39 times with the majority of those coming alongside AFCON winner Jean Michael Seri, while Carvalho, who joined in January, bagged nine goals in 20 Championship outings.

“He’s been brilliant, Fabio,” Morton told Liverpool's official website. “He came in and everyone loved him from day one, because he’s such a nice lad, such a mature lad. He’s got on with everyone at the club and I feel like he’s really shone and shown his ability.

“I feel like we had a lot of pressure put on us, to be honest, with the signings we made in the summer and in January. We had a lot of top talent, obviously Fabio came in and had a lot of weight on his shoulders. That can obviously go either way and I feel that we went in a really good direction.”

On his own development, Morton, who spent the previous season on loan in the Championship with Blackburn Rovers, admits playing so regularly for City has made a big difference.

“It takes time to get used to it, coming from academy football straight to the Championship. It's like a whole different sport in my opinion. You’re playing against players who will smash you off the ball, you don’t get that in academy football! But it’s developed my game massively and puts you in good stead for what you want in the future.

“There is a lot of experience, especially in that midfield area. I feel like a lot of the players I come up against are proper professionals and people who have played for years and years in the Championship and the Premier League, so you have to be a bit smarter. Especially being not the biggest and not the strongest, I have to use my brain a bit more to be quicker and cleverer than my opponent. It’s understanding timing, really, and using your body, stuff like that.”

Morton has previously spoken about the need to be realistic about his expectations of the future on Merseyside but says for now, the break will be welcome before he returns to Liverpool for pre-season under a new manager. “I don’t really look too much to the future. It’s been a good season, a positive season for myself, but it’ll be nice to get a break!”