Why Liverpool should go all out for reported 304-game summer target

Pedro Rodriguez Spain

Barcelona winger Pedro has been linked with a transfer to Liverpool.

The 27-year-old was tipped to sign for Liverpool last summer, as per Sport, and the same media outlet claim that he could be heading to Anfield in 2015.

With the signings of Neymar and Luis Suarez in recent years, the right-sided forward has lost his importance to the Catalan team, and he is no longer the key player that he was under Pep Guardiola. He has started just 12 La Liga games this term and his role is now that of a frequent substitute.

With Pedro’s contract expiring at the end of next season, and no future at Camp Nou, it is likely that Barcelona will allow him to leave this summer, to guarantee a transfer fee for him. The Sport article claims that the Reds offered €25 million for him last summer, and with an extra year off his deal, it is possible that they will be able to secure the winger for roughly €15 million.

At such a bargain fee, and for a player with a wealth of experience to his name, Liverpool should be doing all they can to secure Pedro’s signature ahead of their rivals.

As a hard-working and adaptable wide player, Pedro has enjoyed a successful career despite some technical limitations. He has played alongside the likes of Lionel Messi, Andreas Iniesta and Xavi without being stood up for his ability, and has played key roles in various Champions League and La Liga successes.

To overcome his technical weaknesses, Pedro has a brilliant footballing brain, and can adhere to a defined system like few other players. The reason he excelled so much under Guardiola was due to the coach’s insistence that he played one role to help his teammates. This season, under Luis Enrique, he has become much more focused on playing for himself - and it shows.

If he were to move to Liverpool, Pedro would start playing under Brendan Rodgers, who is undoubtedly one of the best tactical coaches in the Premier League. His adherence to, and ability to change systems has been the cause for their upturn in form this season, and he can craft roles for formerly underperforming players.

Pedro would fit perfectly into Rodgers' plans, and his adaptability would make him a suitable wing-back, as well as wide forward, and the 27-year-old will bring an added goal threat. He is efficient, rather than stylish, and that makes him the ultimate signing Liverpool could make.

Rodgers has built a team noted for their work ethic, and he is well regarded for his ability to bring players through to the best of their abilities. Pedro may be wanted by a host of clubs in the summer but for his sake, Liverpool should be the first choice.

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