9 Dec 2013

'Silent Superstar' to LFC? - BR wants 'incredible' €40m World Cup winner with €125m buyout clause

Liverpool seem to be constantly linked with Barcelona players, and with the January transfer window on the horizon, reports in Spain suggest that the Reds, Manchester United and Arsenal are keen on a move for Barca attacker Pedro, a World Cup winner with the Spanish national team.

According to Spanish newspaper AS, Liverpool and the Gunners are monitoring Pedro's situation, with the 26-year old allegedly favouring a move to the Premier League.

The Guardian also reports:

"Liverpool and Manchester United are interested in introducing Pedro to Premier League football, while Monaco are also on red alert"

Pedro - known as 'the silent superstar' by Barca fans (on account of his humble demeanour) - has an incredible €125m buyout clause in his contract, but I think it's safe to assume that no club in world football is going to pay anywhere near that amount (!)

In August, Radio Marca claimed that PSG had made a €40m offer for Pedro, which is a more reasonable amount, but possibly out of Liverpool's financial reach (for one player, at least)

Liverpool MD Ian Ayre met with Barcelona official last week to discuss some kind of transfer business. The prevailing view seems to be that Martin Montoya formed the basis of discussion, but given sheer number of Barca players linked with LFC over the last year, anything could've been on the agenda, including Pedro.

What would Pedro 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."

After Spain beat Uruguay in a friendly earlier this year, Vicente Del Bosque hailed Pedro's performance, and outlined what makes him such a special player. He told reporters:

"He [Pedro] is a dynamic player, who knows exactly what he needs to do on the pitch, and he's got this incredible pace, which is vitally important in the modern game. In the first half we lacked a bit of attacking depth, but Pedro gave us some speed."

Despite the ridiculous competition at Barca for attacking places, Pedro's stats over the last few years are creditable:

2013-14: 9 goals/2 assists in 22 apps (so far)
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.

Signing a player of Pedro's experience and talent would be a massive boost for LFC, but is there any realistic chance of it happening?



  1. iIf we are still top 4 by Jan, then why not? The World Cup changes everything for players on the cusp of being chosen for the squad/;playing for the 1st 11

  2. if we signed pedro it would be a real statement of intent from Liverpool and that would be the LW we desired in Willian and Mkhtiryan. it would cost about £30M but it would completely lift our whole dressing room even more. similar like Ozil situation at barca. I think Liverpool should offer Barcelona £50M cash along with Daniel Agger and Pepe Reina for Martin Montoya, Pedro Rodriguez and Gerard Delofeou. It would improve our starting 11 in crucial area and there will also be a lot of good chemistry aand it would also work for Barcelona who want Reina and Agger. Delofeou is showing incredible potential and in the Barca B team he showed he is very similar to Lionel Messi in the way he plays and goal rate. he is now showing this form in the premiership and will only get better, I reckon he can reach the heights of messi because the confidence hes showing is frightening. even against the best clubs. he was a menace against Liverpool and Arsenal and has scored back-to-back goals now while also producing fantastic performaces.


  3. Arsenal may buy Pedro IMO whereas LFC would only chance a loan.Possible if he feels threatened for the WC squad but would the offer be professional and attractive to him?

  4. Not going to happen. Would love it if it did. Too good to be true I'm afraid.

  5. I'm a fan of Pedro. But think he will cost far too much for our budget. I think he would be a great addition for up front though. If PSG didn't get him with that bid, then we have no chance.

  6. 4eva LFC, LFC 4eva3:26 am, December 10, 2013

    I cannot believe you would put Hendo in that team, you obviously rate him, I don't any one of those guys you have in that team could walk into any PL side except Hendo sorry mate I would still prefer Gerrard, but with the exception of Hendo that is a fantastic side someone get this to BR.

  7. Montoya as LB, keeping Johnson; then PC as CM partnering JH, a Spanish pairing as wingers in EPL; are we going to score 6 in every match? (Because we 'll concede 5)

  8. And again we would be exposed with that line-up ... We all now you want exciting attacking player but this is not fifa...

  9. As people have said, If we are in the top 4 come January FSG will back BR, then it's easier to get better players to come.

  10. LOVE your sarcasm:-)
    you put MD as Ian Ayre is the physician of club:-)
    I'm also an MD but always take some out of my time to visit your brilliant realistic Liverpool fc site, YNWA

  11. Can I also apply to become a journalist for the Guardian? Who are we going to be linked with tomorrow from the Barcelona team :-o

  12. MD =managing director.

  13. I agree, mate (with everything except the 10 goals comment - 3of them were headers ;-)).
    Anyone who says Pedro will not improve Liverpool needs their head examined and should go back to eating their crayons as they know nothing about football. The lad's off the ball runs and positioning, from that video, are as good as anything you'll see. Blistering pace, especially his acceleration, and his finishing are top notch. The variety of goals was superb.
    I'm not getting carried away, though, if we do get him in January, it'll be on loan due to him being told he won't be a regular starter for the remainder of the season.
    On another note, Henderson is also injured now, leaving us with Lucas & Allen as the only two fit central midfielders. Could this mean Teixieria gets a shout, or even that we go for Alonso?

  14. Just another over-hyped Spanish player. His ratio is not that impressive, 76 goals in 223 appearances to date, to justify an incredible 40 mil Eur. Last summer people were disputing if Luis deserved a 40 mil pounds price tag, and just because this guy is Spanish and he plays for Barcelona, we should fall on our back in awe?! I'm not impressed. He's decent but he's not a 40 mil Eur player. I would take him for half that money.

  15. We bought Alberto from Sevilla.

  16. Over-hyped Spanish player? Are you kidding me Kenobi?

    Looks at his stats?!

    With other wingers out here has such a good record apart from the obvious one?

    He is an immense player and his contribution to the team proves it.

    I agree that £40M is too much though, however I can't see any other proven winger (apart from Ronaldo, Bale, Ribery, Reus, Robben etc...) who are at his level.

    I would welcome him with open arms but it's never going to happen.

  17. I know, but he'd spent the year on loan at Barca B... Hence saying he was 'kindddd of a Barca player.. Kind of'.

  18. Is Henderson that injured? The Echo say he should be fit for Spurs.

  19. A perfect opportunity for Luis Alberto to be given a run then.

  20. How is a 1 in 3 goal ratio for a winger not impressive? That is extremely impressive. I think you'll also find that 40mil Euro and 40mil pound is quite a bit different, in fact there is about 7mil pound difference. He may not be a 40 mil pound player, but is he a 30-35mil pound player, I believe so.

  21. Eh? Starts at 3:40mins - ten goals, count 'em... No headers :-)

  22. We could not apparently afford to keep Downing and BR is already saying funds are tight so this seems pie in the sky. I am through impressed with his ten goals, 5 wiith his right, 5 with his left and 3 headers.....

  23. Pedro is class, good quality player but would he come and if he is to get sold he is going to be sold for 25-33M pounds . Rodgers needs to bring these two wingers to club in January: M Salah(21) Of Basel for 12-16M and D Capel(25) Of Sporting Clube De Portugal / Lisbon for 4-6M, Both those wingers together would be cheaper than Pedro.

    And then both wings would have class, creativity, goals, pace, speed and width in attack.

  24. It's never going to happen and this is the best thing can happen for both sides, Pedro & Liverpool...

  25. I don't believe we would go that route unless we traded Reina and Agger for Montoya and Pedro if we threw a little cash in.....