Liverpool are better than most other English clubs at the moment when it comes to creating a competitive environment for their younger players and encouraging them to work hard towards a first team place.
They may have spotted a gem in Valencia’s Pablo Chirivella who is being strongly linked with a move to England to join the famous Liverpool youth ranks.
English clubs are generally able to offer younger players a sounder financial upbringing, which means they can afford to pay players like this more as they head towards their later teenage years and early 20s.
The similarities between Chirivella and former Liverpool player Xabi Alonso are clear for all to see.
The youngster seems very confident on the ball and is developing a growing reputation in Spain as the classic midfield maestro akin to Liverpool’s very own Steven Gerrard.
He’s also captained Spain’s Under-16 team which shows he can handle pressure at a young age and already has a taste of what it’s like to be a leader in an important team.
He has bags of potential and that’s reason enough for Liverpool to make a big investment in him but realism is the thought for the day.
He’s only 16-years-old and will have to work his way through a youth system, where there are plenty of players ready to fight with each other for a place in the first team at Anfield.
It’s also a big upheaval if Liverpool get the go ahead from Valencia over a possible move.
He may not like the idea of moving to England, learning a new language and adapting to a different culture at such a young age.
However, what can eradicate that fear is the fact Liverpool already have a strong Spanish presence in their youth system with the likes of Suso on the verge of regular first team action.
That should make any transition much easier for the young man and his family to bear.
The source which first broke the report, Vavel Espana, has also suggested that Manchester City are in the mix to try and get him.
Even if that’s the case, Liverpool shouldn’t be overly worried because their youth system and their recent record in terms of bringing through Spanish players is more than enough to convince him Anfield is the better move.
Is Chirivella worth an investment? What do you think?
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