Liverpool are considering a contract extension for midfielder Pedro Chirivella whose contract is due to expire this summer according to reports from Sky Sports.
Chirivella, 22, is in the final few months of his Liverpool deal despite impressing in the 1-0 victory over Merseyside rivals Everton.
The Spaniard started alongside Adam Lallana as the Reds ensured the Blues’ miserable run at Anfield was extended for another season – they are still winless at the home of the European champions since 1999.
Since Chirivella’s arrival on Merseyside in 2013, he has failed to establish himself as a regular under Jurgen Klopp despite having featured five times for the Reds back in the German manager’s debut season in 2015/16.
Numerous failed loan spells followed the Liverpool midfielder before his career came to an all-time low after the Reds were fined £200,000 for fielding Chirivella who was deemed an ineligible player during their 2-0 win over MK Dons in the EFL Cup in September.
According to reports from Goal and their Liverpool correspondent Neil Jones, Chirivella is ‘expected to leave’ the club on loan in January. The Premier League leaders reportedly received ‘two concrete offers’ from Championship clubs with Nottingham Forrest amongst those keen on striking a deal.
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A loan move would certainly benefit Chirivella more than Liverpool despite impressing in the 235th Merseyside derby. The midfielder’s value will have significantly increased after Klopp’s young guns out-manoeuvered Carlo Ancelotti’s full-strength Everton side.
The fourth round FA Cup clash will take place on the weekend of Saturday, 25th January and will most likely be Chirivella’s only opportunity of game time in the senior XI.
Chirivella is undoubtedly talented but with an unforgiving pecking order that currently sees Jordan Henderson, Fabinho, Naby Keita, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Gini Wijnaldum, James Milner and Adam Lallana all above the Spaniard, Liverpool may be looking to cash in whilst the player’s stock is high.