In June, The Mirror reported:
"Liverpool are preparing a bid for Barcelona winger Pedro. Brendan Rodgers has made a discreet approach to Barca for and has been told he is available at the right price"
This week, new reports claim that:
* Pedro - who has not completed a full 90 minutes yet this season - is ready to leave Barcelona.
* He fears the arrival of Luis Suarez will curtail his first-team chances even further.
* The €24m-rated attacker is 'keen to listen to offers' from Liverpool and Arsenal.
When asked this week about his future, Pedro - known as 'the silent superstar' by Barca fans (on account of his humble demeanour) - told reporters:
“It’s difficult [at Barca]. All I want to do is work hard. It’s difficult to get into the starting 11 because I’m competing with the best forwards in the world but I’m fighting for my place every day"
What would Pedro - recently described as 'incredible' by Spain boss Vicente Del Bosque - bring to the Liverpool team? In a recent interview, the forward outlined what he perceives his role to be for Barcelona. He told reporters:
"My job in the team is to free up space on the pitch for my teammates, to build moves, to turn certain episodes into goalscoring chances or to get assists for teammates in better positions. These are my responsibilities during the game. Everything I do must benefit the team."
Despite the ridiculous competition at Barca for attacking places, Pedro's stats over the last few years are creditable:
2013-14: 20 goals/10 assists in 52 apps.
2012-13: 10 goals/7 assists in 48 apps.
2011-12: 13 goals/6 assists in 51 apps.
2010-11: 22 goals/8 assists in 52 apps.
2009-10: 22 goals/4 assists in 50 apps.
Liverpool fans certainly hold Pedro in high regard. Prior to the Adam Lallana signing, I asked fans who they'd rather see LFC sign this summer: Pedro or Lallana.
* 17100 visitors (approx) participated in the poll.
* A gigantic 80% of voters chose Pedro over Lallana.
That's a quite staggering vote of confidence in Pedro, but it's hardly surprising given the Spaniard's experience and pedigree. I also voted in favour of Pedro, for the following reasons:
* Pedro has consistent experience at the highest levels of the game, including copious European/international experience.
* He's played alongside some of the world's best players for years, including Messi, Xavi, and Iniesta.
* The Spaniard is a winner; he's won practically every trophy in the game, and that kind of experience could be invaluable for Liverpool. The Reds lacked experience in the final stages of last season, and that arguably contributed to losing the title.
* Pedro is the kind of player who'll come in and give the entire club a lift. He's a marquee signing with an aura about him.
In purely footballing terms, Luis Suarez's exit is a huge negative for Liverpool, but if the Uruguayan forces Pedro out of Barcelona, there could still be a silver lining...
Author: Jaimie K