Liverpool could let midfielder Pedro Chirivella leave the club in January if a prospective suitor comes in for him.
Football Insider reported that the Reds are willing to sell the 22-year-old in the winter transfer window so that they can bank a fee for him, with his current contract set to expire at the end of this season.
In a recent interview with Marca, the Spaniard admitted that he wants to return to his homeland next year, having been unable to establish himself at Liverpool.
Chirivella made his senior Liverpool debut back in September 2015 in a Europa League game in Bordeaux and played four more times for the first team that season. [via TransferMarkt]
However, after loan spells at Go Ahead Eagles, Willem II and Extremadura in the subsequent three seasons, the Spanish midfielder had to wait until September of this year to again be given a chance in the Reds’ first team, playing in both of their Carabao Cup matches so far this term.
Football Insider claimed that the 22-year-old could feature in the next round of the competition against Aston Villa, which falls the day before Liverpool play in the Club World Cup semi-finals in Qatar.
Ironically, the Reds might not have had that bizarre situation next month if events over Chirivella’s Carabao Cup participation in September had transpired differently.
As reported by The Mirror, Jurgen Klopp’s side faced expulsion from the competition after he came on as a substitute in the 2-0 win at MK Dons, as it was thought that he had not received the necessary international clearance to play in the match owing to registration problems at Extremadura last season.
The 22-year-old has failed to even make the Reds’ first-team squad for any match outside of the Carabao Cup this season, though, with Klopp having an abundance of senior midfield options in Fabinho, Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum, Naby Keita, Adam Lallana, James Milner and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (as per TransferMarkt).
That 22-year-old Chirivella didn’t start in either of the Carabao Cup games against MK Dons and Arsenal when teenagers such as Harvey Elliott and Rhian Brewster were given starting berths reflects how peripheral a presence he is in Liverpool’s first-team plans.
More than four years on from his Reds debut, he hasn’t been able to establish himself in the team, while the plethora of midfield options available to Klopp does not bode well for his prospects at Anfield.
With Chirivella wanting to leave, and the club needing to sell him in January in order to avoid him going on a free transfer or being released, it seems in the best interests of all parties for him to move on over the winter if an offer comes in for him.
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