If Pedri is on Liverpool’s radar, the Reds need to make a move quickly.
Pedri is the latest in a long line of youngsters to shine under the lights of the Camp Nou. Able to play from the left-wing or as an attacking midfielder, he’s been a revelation for the Blaugrana. He has also managed to make the transition to the national team, collecting three senior caps for his country. Now, Liverpool appears to be after his signature, according to the Mirror.
A reported £70 million release clause sounds expensive, but given his age and ceiling, it could prove to be a bargain. Whilst technically gifted, he isn’t afraid of hard work, a quality Jurgen Klopp always looks for in his players. His pressing numbers in particular are excellent.
Completing 23.3 pressures per 90, he’s an almost constant nuisances to other defenders when they have the ball. This will certainly interest Jurgen Klopp. With one goal and four assists in 17 La Liga appearances this season, his offensive output could be better. However, at 18, there’s plenty of room for improvement. He could also help plug the creative gap in Liverpool’s midfield.
Too often this season, Liverpool have once again struggled against low blocks. Pedri could help bring this to an end. With three shot-creating actions per 90 minutes, as well as averaging 3.39 penalty area touches per 90, he’s a threat in the box. At 18, he’d join a growing younger contingent emerging for the Reds. Along with Trent Alexander-Arnold, Curtis Jones, Joe Gomez, and Harvey Elliot, he is another young player ready for first-team action.
However, Barcelona don’t appear ready to lose their prized asset yet. The Catalan giants are reportedly set to hand Pedri a new contract, complete with a £350 million release clause. This would, of course, make him practically unattainable for any club in football. Given Pedri’s contract runs out in 2022, this is obviously a crucial decision for him.
With his quality, he’s ready even at his tender age to be a starter for most clubs in European football. Can this new Barcelona, in such turbulent times, and with a resurgent Real Madrid on the horizon, match his ambitions? Liverpool, and other clubs will certainly be hoping he’s eyeing opportunities away from the Nou Camp.