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Liverpool Planning To Activate £42.5m Clause For Barcelona Midfielder: What Will He Add To Klopp’s Side?

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In a recent print edition, Sport revealed that Liverpool are planning to move in for Barcelona youngster Gavi this summer. It is understood that the Reds are willing to play the Spanish midfielder’s £42.5m release clause to get him on board in this off-season.

Gavi’s Recent Emergence At The Nou Camp 

Gavi has enjoyed a sensational campaign with the Catalan giants as he managed to perform at a high level for them over the past ten months. The 17-year-old has been involved in 46 matches for Barca this season, netting two goals and providing six assists in all competitions.

The promising teenager has performed well to average 1.1 tackles, 0.7 interceptions, 0.9 shots and 1.6 dribbles per game in La Liga.

He has even been accurate with his ball distribution after making 89.3% of his attempted passes in the top tier of Spanish football (stats via whoscored).

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BARCELONA, SPAIN – APRIL 24: Gavi of FC Barcelona reacts during the LaLiga Santander match between FC Barcelona and Rayo Vallecano at Camp Nou on April 24, 2022 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)
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What Will Gavi Add To Liverpool Head Coach Jurgen Klopp’s Team?

Gavi is a tidy passer of the ball and can dictate the tempo of the game on his own from midfield. He is primarily a box-to-box midfielder but can also fill in as a left-sided wide player if needed. The Spanish prospect has done well to chip in with a few important goals and assists for Barca this season.

Therefore, it is no surprise that Liverpool are interested in bringing the Barca wonderkid to Anfield this off-season. Gavi has got the potential to become one of the best players in his position someday.

Now that Liverpool head coach Jurgen Klopp is once again looking to build for the future following the UEFA Champions League final loss versus Real Madrid last weekend, it makes sense for the Reds to move in for Gavi. The Spanish midfield ace fits the bill perfectly as he will undoubtedly bolster his midfield department for the long run.

At 17, the Spanish talent is already good enough to feature in top-flight football every week. He is a generational talent who would add a lot of long-term value to the Merseyside club if Klopp can find a way to snap him up during this summer transfer window.

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