Liverpool expect Pedro Chirivella to reject their contract offer and leave the club, according to reports. The Spaniard’s deal expires this summer.
The Liverpool Echo makes the claim. They say that first-team football is the deciding factor and that Chirivella prioritises that over anything else.
It’s despite Jurgen Klopp wanting the player to remain at Anfield, too. Given the current economic uncertainties, Klopp wants to keep things together and that means holding onto players.
Chirivella impressed the boss, apparently, suggesting there would be a future at Anfield for him. Instead, he’ll likely leave the club, with the Echo claiming both Rangers and Nantes want the Spaniard.
What RTK has to say
It’s entirely understandable, really. Chirivella is 22 and will want to play first-team, senior football – something Liverpool simply haven’t given him.
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And you’d expect him to find a good role like that, too. He’s essentially free, after all, removing the most difficult part of justifying transfers this summer.
The economic climate means no one knows how much players are worth. Chirivella bypasses that, however, in not costing a transfer fee. Any club wanting a first-team playmaker can sign him relatively risk-free, then.
While he’s supposedly impressed Klopp, it does sound a bit like a ‘plan B’ is in effect here. Would Chirivella get a five-year contract offer before everything fell apart? We’re not so sure.
And if that is the reason, then he could end up stuck at the club without a long-term future, should things return to ‘normal’.
So we entirely understand Chirivella wanting to move on. He should find a decent club with a solid role and after seven years at Anfield, he deserves that.