In a recent print edition, Mundo Deportivo has revealed that Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is ‘very interested’ in landing Barcelona starlet Pedri, who has a €400m release clause in his contract, this summer. It is understood that the Reds are hoping to strengthen their midfield department and have identified the Spanish midfielder as an ideal option for the summer transfer period (transcripted and translated by Sport Witness).
Pedri’s Impressive Season In Spanish Football
Pedri is having a brilliant season at the Nou Camp and deserves a lot of plaudits for already making himself a regular feature in the Barca first-team. The 18-year-old has netted three goals and grabbed six assists in 44 matches for the Catalan outfit this term across various competitions.
The Spanish prospect has done well to influence the game at both ends of the field as he is averaging 1.2 tackles, 0.9 interceptions, 0.6 shots, 1.2 key passes and 0.8 dribbles per game in La Liga this season. Pedri has distributed the ball exceptionally well after completing 87.7% of his attempted passes in league football (stats via whoscored).
The talented teenager is currently playing some of the best football of his young career, so he would be a major coup for the Reds if they can fund a big-money move to bring him to Anfield in this off-season.
What Will The Spanish Youngster Bring To The Table?
Pedri is a quick and agile midfielder who is not afraid to press the opposition at the centre of the park and win possession back for his team. He is a composed dribbler and has a wide range of passes in his locker. The Spanish youngster hardly gives away the ball and can create some decent chances for others around him. However, he is still inexperienced at the highest level and would need time to develop into a world-class player in his position someday.
Is Pedri A Good Fit For Jurgen Klopp?
Pedri is primarily a box to box midfielder but can also fill in on the left-wing or play in the number ten position if needed. His versatility, coupled with his technical quality, makes him a great fit for Jurgen Klopp’s brand of gegen pressing football at Anfield. At 18, Pedri is a generational talent and could potentially become a future star in European football as long as he is willing to put in the work on the training field.
Klopp might fancy getting the best out of him if he can find a way to get a deal done for him this summer. Plus, he would also serve as an ideal long-term successor to Georginio Wijnaldum, who has only got a few months remaining in his Liverpool contract.