Sunday evening was filled with disappointment for Liverpool. The Reds chucked away a two goal lead away to League One Shrewsbury Town, with the minnows forcing a replay at Anfield with a 2-2 draw. One redeeming feature of the game is that Pedro Chirivella showed again that he deserves a new contract with Liverpool.
22-year-old Chirivella cut a forgotten figure in the last couple of seasons.
The Spanish midfielder has been at the club since his early teens but has failed to break into the first team under Jürgen Klopp.
With the youngster’s current deal set to expire in the summer, the general consensus is that he is expected to leave on a free transfer at the end of the season.
However, Chirivella has shown in his cup appearances this campaign that a new contract shouldn’t be off the table.
In the league cup we saw a strong showing from him in the thumping against Aston Villa.
We also saw Chirivella boss the midfield against Everton in the FA Cup third round. Given that he was coming up against a Premier League first team midfield, he was constantly found winning tackles and finding his man with the ball.
Despite the disappointing result, we saw more flashes of brilliance from Chirivella against Shrewsbury Town.
His through ball to Curtis Jones for the Liverpool opener was delightful, the pass was weighted perfectly and made it simple enough for Jones to tuck away.
Throughout the game he dictated play from deep, spraying accurate long passes to his forwards and wingers.
At the minute we don’t have a deep lying playmaker in the Liverpool side.
Jordan Henderson operates typically as a defensive midfielder or a box to box player, Gini Wijnaldum wins the ball and drives forward. We don’t have a player that sits deep and dictates play the way that Chirivella does.
We have been linked with a move for Sandro Tonali but if we don’t bag the Italian, keeping on Chirivella could be a wise decision.
In games where we are expected to dominate possession, we could rest a first teamer and stick the Spaniard in there to pull the strings.