Amid recent reports from the Independent confirming that Adam Lallana is destined to leave Anfield come the end of the season, talks have already been looming to a potential summer replacement.
However, need Liverpool look any further to one of their own who put in yet another sensational performance in the FA Cup to inspire the young reds into the fifth round of the competition.
Pedro Chirivella once again proved to be one of the standout figures as the youngest Liverpool starting lineup in the club’s illustrious 127-year history inspired one of the great upsets of the season.
The Spaniard alongside Leighton Clarkson and Jake Cain dominated possession from start-to-finish and consistently looked to utilise the ball with purpose. Chirivella, who provided the assist for Curtis Jones in the previous fixture, prowled around midfield like a man possessed charging into tackled whilst intelligently linking up play.
Chirivella, 22, is currently in the final months of his current contract at Anfield. Indeed, the midfielder potentially could leave the club for nothing in June, with the Spaniard failing to hold down a place in Liverpool’s first team since joining the academy in 2013.
However, Chirvivella’s experience – well, relative to those around him – was crucial in getting his team over the line on Tuesday night. Shrewsbury were given little breathing space in the middle of the park with Liverpool’s midfield general prowling around the Anfield turf with intent – mopping up play superbly whilst using the ball economically.
It wasn’t the first time Chirviella has impressed this season – when handed the rare opportunity to flourish. Having been given the captaincy against Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup quarter-final clash back in December, Chirvilla also starred against Everton to help inspire another Anfield upset against the club’s Merseyside rivals.
His rise back to prominence has been one of the great individual tales of this quite frankly remarkable season. Having joined the club as a 16-year-old almost seven years ago, the Spain youth international has gone on to play just nine times for the Reds first team. He has been on loan in The Netherlands on two occasions, and in Spain.
At just 22, Chirivella has proven he is still learning his trade. But the Liverpool midfielder’s industriousness and persistence is why Jurgen Klopp has been reluctant to let him go just yet.
With Lallana’s imminent departure creeping upon us with each passing day, Liverpool may already have a long-term solution sitting right under their nose.