Liverpool have shown in recent weeks that their strength in depth is phenomenal, although for different reasons than other Premier League sides. The difference at Anfield is Jürgen Klopp, he can drag forgotten fringe players into the first team for one game and talk them into playing a blinder – we saw this with Nathaniel Phillips. We should keep Pedro Chirivella if he wants to stay – he has been incredibly impressive recently.
Pedro Chirivella has been at Anfield since 2013. We signed the Spaniard from Valencia’s academy, also picking up Sergi Canos from Barcelona.
Chirivella has impressed at every youth level for Liverpool but for some reason he just hasn’t shown enough to kick on into first team consideration – until now.
The deep lying playmaker was part of the Liverpool youth side that was dumped out of the League Cup by Aston Villa in December. Despite the one sided score line, Pedro was impressive in the midfield.
However, the Spaniard’s star turn performance was against Everton in the FA Cup. At the start of January we took on our local rivals in a fixture that saw our youth team beat Everton’s first team. Pedro Chirivella was just one of a number of stand out performers.
Kopites were astounded by the way Pedro dominated a Premier League midfield. He was aggressive out of possession and composed on the ball – he showed all the qualities necessary to figure in Jürgen Klopp’s plans.
With his contract set to expire in the summer, we should keep Pedro Chirivella if he wants to stay. He could be a late bloomer. The Spaniard is still impressing with every performance for the U23s and he has stepped up when it mattered in the first team. We could save a lot of money by opting to extend his contract and develop him as a backup player rather than splashing millions on a rotation option.