Pedro: The one signing which will make Liverpool's Sterling problems disappear

Pedro Rodriguez Spain

Raheem Sterling's Liverpool future may be in doubt, but can they make a splash in the transfer market regardless?

There looks unlikely to be any resolution to Raheem Sterling's future at Liverpool any time soon, after the winger told the BBC he has turned down a contract offer.

The Reds are in an unwelcome situation of having to try and hold onto their best player once again, but there is a way to turn the situation around and become hunters in the transfer market themselves.

There is one outstanding player potentially on the market this summer who would make fans forget about Sterling's impetuousness, and that is Barcelona forward Pedro.

Like Sterling, Pedro is able to play in a variety of positions in attack and in midfield - while Marca even report Luis Enrique is considering him for a wing-back role as Brendan Rodgers did with Sterling against Manchester United.

Pedro himself is frustrated at Barcelona, reported this week by ESPN to have described his situation as 'difficult'.

He said: "When you do not have playing time, of course you do not feel one of the important players.

"Playing few games, not many minutes, it is normal that there can be talk of leaving, that is logical. It is the same for all players, everyone wants to play. When you do not play in important games, then it is a difficult situation."

Pedro has the experience and pedigree Sterling can at this point only aspire to. He is a World Cup winner and two-time European Champion with Spain, and a two-time Champions League winner with Barcelona, scoring in the 2011 final against Manchester United.

Should Liverpool be able to persuade him to join, which is possible if they finish in the Premier League top four, it will show their supporters they are able to attract top class players.

It will also send a message to Sterling that they are moving on, with or without him - and the Reds would have a 27-year-old player at his peak capable of influencing games at the very top level.

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