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Liverpool Set To Rival Manchester City For This Barcelona Youngster: Is He Worth The Fight?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent report, The Times mentioned that Liverpool are set to rival Manchester City for Barcelona youngster Gavi. It has been claimed that the Reds are eyeing a move to secure the services of the Spanish sensation, who could leave the Catalan club for free in the summer.

Gavi’s Impressive Rise In Spanish Football This Season

Gavi is having a decent campaign at the Nou Camp after producing a run of eye-catching performances at the centre of Xavi’s midfield. The gifted teenager has registered two goals and five assists in 36 appearances for Barca this season on all fronts.

The 18-year-old has proven his worth at the centre of the park by averaging 1.4 tackles, 0.7 interceptions, 0.6 clearances, 0.7 shots, 1.2 key passes and 0.7 dribbles per 90 minutes in La Liga. He has even been accurate when distributing the ball from midfield as evidenced by his pass completion rate of 88.1% in the top tier of Spanish football (stats via whoscored).

Gavi could leave the Catalan club on a free transfer next summer after a court overturned their decision to allow the player to be registered as a Barcelona first-team player. Hence, the Reds could potentially sign him for free at the end of this campaign.


Liverpool Battling Manchester City For Gavi: Is He Worth The Fight?

Gavi is not shy of making a tackle at the centre of the park and usually works hard for his team both on and off the ball. He can make a few timely interceptions for his team and has got the vision to engineer some promising chances for his teammates in the final third.

The Spanish whizkid is a technically gifted footballer who can keep the ball moving in tight spaces and can make some intelligent runs with the ball in the opposition half. He is primarily a box-to-box midfielder but can also feature as a left-sided wide player if asked to do so.

We can expect Gavi to bring more energy and dynamism to Jurgen Klopp‘s midfield department if the Reds manage to win the race for his services in the summer. At 18, he has the potential to become one of the best players of this generation, especially under the expert guidance of a world-class manager like Klopp. Thus, Gavi is well-worth the fight as he could help Liverpool challenge Manchester City and Arsenal for the Premier League title among other top honours in the coming seasons.

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