Spain midfielder Pedri appears to be a big fan of Thiago. Liverpool supposedly want the young Barcelona player.
Pedri has truly lit up Euro 2020, representing Spain as a teenager and running their midfield. It’s come at a cost, though – Thiago.
The Liverpool midfielder just can’t get in the Spanish side. Not while Luis Enrique wants Pedri in there, anyway.
It’s a somewhat controversial decision. As good as Pedri is, he’s still very young and inexperienced. It’s difficult to argue that he’s better than Thiago, too, given everything the 30-year-old has accomplished in the game.
And it’s not like Thiago has been playing badly. We thought he was quite incredible to finish the season and expect him to be a massive player for Liverpool going forward.
One person who certainly sees Thiago’s talent, though, is Pedri. He talked up his compatriot ahead of Spain’s Euro 2020 semi-final against Italy.
Pedri on Thiago
“I’m very lucky to play alongside Thiago,” he said, per the Liverpool Echo. “It’s wonderful to see him in training and wonderful to play with him.
“He has immense quality and I think everybody has seen that on television.”
The two players actually have a lot in common. Most obviously, they both came through at Barcelona and were tipped early on as elite midfielders in the making.
Only whereas Pedri found his path to the first-team relatively clear, Thiago had to get past Xavi and Andres Iniesta. He eventually decided his best route would be to join Bayern Munich – though, his problem remained with the national team.
That’s not all they have in common, of course. There’s their playing style, too, and the fact that Liverpool reportedly like them.
Liverpool like Pedri
The Mirror claimed back in April that Liverpool had asked about Pedri. They’d like to sign the teenager and hope to convince him to leave Barcelona.
It’s not an impossibility, either. Barcelona’s financial woes are well-documented and the Reds may fancy their chances of getting Pedri.
Funnily enough, he’d come in behind Thiago in the pecking order and as a long-term replacement for the player. Not that this is one we’d put money on.
If Barcelona can hang onto any player from their squad, Pedri may well be at the top of the list. He’s young enough and talented enough to build a new team around, offering a pretty bright future on his own.
So we won’t hold our breath on this one. Still, we’d love to see Pedri and Thiago in our midfield sometime soon – even if Spain don’t seem to see it that way.