The latest transfer reports surrounding Liverpool have claimed that Pedro Chirivella is likely to depart the club this summer.
According to the Liverpool Echo, the 22-year-old is likely to be out the door in the upcoming transfer window in tow of the likes of Adam Lallana and Nathaniel Clyne.
Chirivella recently made a big impact in Liverpool’s FA Cup run as he captained a youth side fielded by Neil Critchley against Shrewsbury Town. The Spaniard led the young Reds to the fifth round of the competition but didn’t feature at all in the next stage as the senior team returned to the action.
Chirivella has played just 650 minutes in 11 first-team matches across all competitions since the 2015/16 season (via Transfermarkt). Now looks the right time for him to search for new pastures, given his lack of gametime.
In 2016, Chirivella signed a new contract with Liverpool after impressing during his time with the U23s. However, despite his fairly young age of 22, if Jurgen Klopp had big plans for the midfielder, he surely would have made them happen already.
Klopp infamously put Critchley in charge of Liverpool’s FA Cup replay at Anfield, with a youthful starting eleven. It seems Chirivella was given the captain’s armband as it was the most logical decision, not because he was a standout candidate. With Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain looking fit and firing and Georginio Wijnaldum rumoured to be signing a new contract, Liverpool’s midfield has no room for players that aren’t top-tier proven.
Even Marko Grujic – whose future is currently a grey area – would likely be higher on the pecking order when he returns from loan. The 23-year-old has tallied three goals and two assists for Hertha Berlin so far this season (via Transfermarkt). After all, former manager Pal Dardai recently said Grujic is ‘by far the best midfielder’ he had seen in his 22 years at the club (via Bundesliga). With plenty of top level experience now under the Serb’s belt, the space opened up by Chirivella’s exit would surely afford him a proper chance at Anfield.
Against Shrewsbury at Anfield, Chirivella lost possession 15 times, more than 18-year-old Leighton Clarkson (8). The teenager also made more tackles (3) than the Spaniard, who didn’t make any successful challenges (via Sofascore). As Liverpool have developed, the Spaniard has sadly been left in the dust and an unfulfilled career will be on the cards unless he takes control of his career now, vacating the spot for Gruijc.
What’s your take, Liverpool fans? Is it time for Pedro Chirivella to leave the club, or is he on track for first team action?
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