11 May 2015

Transfer Stunner: Liverpool want 'priceless' legend hailed as 'buy of the century'

Liverpool are reportedly one of a host of clubs interested in signing Italy legend Andrea Pirlo during the summer transfer window.

According to the Daily Mail this weekend:

"Brendan Rodgers will make an all-out attempt to persuade Juventus maestro Andrea Pirlo to move to Liverpool in the summer"

Liverpool were last linked with Pirlo back in 2013, when MilanNews claimed:

"Big British clubs are working behind the scenes to bring Pirlo to the Premier League. Tottenham lead the way, with Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea, Man City and Man United also interested"

When asked during the 2013-14 season if he would ever consider a move to the Premier League, Pirlo told Corriere dello Sport:

"Never say never. When I get older I might make a choice like Del Piero did. In the past I have been on the verge of transfers abroad and I always thought it would be a positive experience."

Pirlo is almost certainly leaving Italy this summer, and he confirmed this last week, when he told reporters:

"It [winning the Champions League] would be a dream end for my spell here. Yes, if we win it, I might move abroad because Juventus will be my last team in Italy.”

It's probably just pie in the sky, but it'll be absolutely amazing to have Pirlo at Anfield. The Italian is probably my favourite player in world football, and watching him play is just pure joy.

Just look at Pirlo's impact for Juventus: arrived in 2011, and then played an integral role in Serie A giants winning FOUR consecutive Serie A titles.

At the age of 36, Pirlo is still absolutely integral to Juve's success, and he's achieving the kind of consistent impact in his later years that Steven Gerrard should be having on Liverpool.

Team-mate Gianluigi Buffon is a huge fan of Pirlo, and in an interview last season, he raved:

“When Andrea told me he was coming to Juventus, my first thought was “thank goodness”. His footballing skills are out of this world. A player of his quality and his market value, especially on a free transfer, must be the buy of the century"

Juventus director Giuseppe Marotta is also a confirmed member of the Pirlo fan-club, and last year, he told Rai Sport:

“Pirlo has been amazing, I think he is the best signing of my career. How much he is worth? Players like him are priceless.”

If Pirlo signs for Liverpool, it will be another 'buy of the century'. Just imagine how inspiring it'll be - for fans and fellow players - to have a bona-fide world cup legend at the club.

I can only see benefits, and having Pirlo at Anfield will also soften the blow of Steven Gerrard's exit.

Can Liverpool pull of this deal?

(FYI, that's a rhetorical question)

Author: Jaimie K



39 comments:

  1. Wait until the FIFA nuts come on here calling you crazy.
    I'd totally get him in, what a maestro. We would need to couple him with a grafter like Hendo, but I could see it working.
    Seeing it actually happening is a whole other story though...

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  2. Has he still got the legs for the EPL or will he be just chasing shadows in the premier league games?! ;)

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  3. So BR team is about high workrate pressing, quick attacking football. Gerrard now to slow to play this football and I have never seen pirlo sprint ever. Its the reason why lambert and balotelli don't fit so no doubt this ones in the bag! Pirlo is an amazing technically gifted player for a technically gifted team were they use intricate passing and build up play like a game of chess to out manoeuvre the opposition. Liverpool go headless chicken till they get the ball back and rampage forward leaving ourselves exposed if we don't score!!

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  4. He is almost 2 years older than Stevie G ? This and all the big names being associated with us is to deflect fans from our failure to win again yesterday. B R failed yet again in a big game - Yes we played o k but we did not win and gifterd Man u FOURTH place . Fellani thinks they deserved it - he is talking crap - We deserved it -because we must have played at least a dozen more high profile games in the cups etc = All the Premier Leadue teams were rubbisg this year apart from Chelsea and possibly Arsenal.FSG have some serious thinking to do

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  5. Don't think he'd work in a Rodgers team especially if he left him as isolated as he did gerrard

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  6. Pirlo's positioning is good, his passing is great but he has Pogba, Vidal and Marchisio doing his running for him and two of them are far better than any midfielder we currently have. Arguably all three. I worry that we wouldn't get the best out of Pirlo and certainly not.for.more than a season.

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  7. It's the Gerrard situation though. You need a couple of graters but also the types of strikers who would be cresting space through there runs. So signing Pirlo without those kinds of strikers would not work.

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  8. There is no way Pirlo will join LFC in any shape or form and now with 4th officially being over will see FSG pull the plug at the end of the season with this 'project' that has gone horribly wrong.


    Chelsea, City, UTD and Arsenal will all strengthen in the summer and sign better players while we will be struggling to get rid of the likes of Balotelli, Aspas, Borini, Alberto etc and then left with the scraps in the transfer market.


    Not qualifying for the CL will send us even further back behind our rivals. Two more matches, goodbye Brendan.

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  9. You just saying goodbye Brendan over and over isn't going to make it happen y'know ;-) My gut feeling is that he will still be coach at the start of next season, whatever the merits or drawbacks of that might be.

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  10. I'd rather couple him with a grafter like Vidal or Schneiderlin, to be honest. Someone with an engine and consistently brilliant technique. Hendo's improved but his good moments are still interspersed with infuriating ones. Pirlo would raise the level of our game immediately if he is given the freedom of the team.

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  11. All three. With consistency, Coutinho could rival Marchisio.

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  12. Can I just say that I approve of this potential signing.

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  13. You can. I'm trying to picture Pirlo running out onto the Anfield turf in a red shirt and it would be ......phantasmagorical....... wouldn't it?

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  14. Nicolas Chamberlain8:57 am, May 11, 2015

    Pirlo is not making the same impact. Maybe you people think that because everything that is foreign, is better but Gerrard brings so much more than Pirlo. The slow pace of the Serie A fits him perfectly but the BPL will too much for him. Signing Pirlo while you let Gerrard leave is just scandalous.
    We will regret the day our club decided to let Gerrard leave.

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  15. Thank ye. It would be phantasmagorically surreal, with a bit of marvelous thrown in.

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  16. Nicolas Chamberlain9:03 am, May 11, 2015

    Just the fact that you guys think that Pirlo could bring more than Stevie G is beyond madness... You guys don't recognise quality nor past glory when its in front of you. Pirlo would add nothing.

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  17. Who said that Pirlo would bring more than Stevie G?

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  18. your comment made me login just to downvote.

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  19. Nicolas Chamberlain9:15 am, May 11, 2015

    Good for you!

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  20. Nicolas Chamberlain9:20 am, May 11, 2015

    For example Jamie "... Gerrard should be having ..." Or chronically wining Logan who seems to think that Pirlo is still an elite midfielder who is to good for us. Maybe I should have been more clear.

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  21. Nicolas Chamberlain9:22 am, May 11, 2015

    You know that downvoting is something of the past...

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  22. Well, comparing Pirlo's performances for Juventus these past three seasons and Gerrard's for Liverpool, Pirlo has been way better. He is a naturally deep-sitting playmaker, and with Gerrard's injuries and surgeries catching up with him, our Stevie struggles to keep up in the final third, so we've shoehorned him into the base of the midfield. Pirlo has played that role much, much better. I think he'd add a lot to our team. Steven Gerrard will be Steven Gerrard no matter who we sign after he leaves.

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  23. Nicolas Chamberlain9:28 am, May 11, 2015

    I totally disagree. I've watched lots of games. Pirlo keeps it simple, never tracks back and his passing is defintely not better. His goal rate neither. He is weak in the air and twice as slow as Gerrard. Let him retire in the US.

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  24. We'll agree to disagree, then. Keeping it simple is what is required in that role.

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  25. Nicolas Chamberlain9:31 am, May 11, 2015

    Keeping it too simple;)

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  26. It's worth a try though goodbye Logan, goodbye, Logan Goodbye,,,,,, ,-)

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  27. As long as he carried on running and sat in the stands to watch the match. a few years ago abso-bloody-lutely but he is too old now.

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  28. Bit like Pirlo then?

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  29. Well, you're probably right of course, and maybe it would be a touch too romantic to expect anything else. But it would still be nice to believe that a player with legendary poise and control and a legendary status in World football might come in and exert some kind of positive influence (whether on or off the field) on a young, experienced squad.

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  30. We cannot afford him though as all income needs to be put in the Sterling child support fund for misunderstood millionaires

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  31. I feel sorry for this poor underprivileged Sterling. Where can I make a sizeable donation to this cause?

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  32. We will return to your comment end of this season when Rodgers is told to pack his things and leave.

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  33. Always the guy with all the answers hey Loges? Despite you saying it, FSG dont look like they are packing up shop just yet and i dont think BR is going anywhere. Keep stating opinion as fact though, it definitely doesnt come across as pig headed and ignorant. How does that incantation go Stuart C?

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  34. My god you guys leave him alone! How would you feel if you were only earning what hes earning huh? Id be furious enough to spill my gold all over my diamonds i would!
    Nah but hes pretty good, just gotta start showing it, he grew into the game vs Chelsea but didnt have enough impact. Lets hope we get a top shelf striker for him to play with, we saw what he's capable of with Luisito.

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  35. After reading this article, there's one Anfield's great that pops out from my mind, Gary McAllister. GM came to LFC when he was 36, same age as what Pirlo is right now. Despite his age, he was nothing short of inspirational during his short stint at the club. Just wondering if anyone recalls his performance in the UEFA Cup Finals match against Alaves?
    Some players were just made simply to be a little more lasting than others. I think Pirlo might well be one of them and I'll happy to see him here. Another thing, I don't know if Steven Gerrard is one of such at a relatively 'young' age of 35, all I know is that he will be leaving the club real soon. All the best to SG, a true Kop legend!!!

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  36. IMO Gerrard will always be a better player than Pirlo. Much better. And this will be a stupid transfer if it happens. I would rather keep Gerrard for another year.

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  37. Gerrard better than Pirlo? No chance. More versatile, yes; better, no (IMO).

    Pirlo has consistently done the business at every level, including the world stage (Word Cup winner with Italy), and although he's to years older than Gerrard, he's still outperforming him even now.

    Pirlo will go down in history alongside Zidane, Pele, Cruyff, Maradona etc. Gerrard will not.

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  38. He is good at being invisible and solving the match with one terrific pass or a shot, but can't be relied on for the entire season. Also leaving him as a the single DM will not work. We could play him alongside Can or Hendo, but Henderson's game would suffer I think..

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