€400m-rated Spanish international Pedri reportedly has no interest in signing for Liverpool as he dreams of becoming a star for Barcelona.
The report claims that Liverpool are keen on the midfielder, who has a €400m release clause, but Pedri is focussed on performing for Barcelona.
ANFIELD WATCH VERDICT
Pedri’s breakthrough at Barcelona this season has been impressive to watch. Ronald Koeman has placed his faith in the teenager throughout the campaign, with 30 appearances in La Liga and seven in the Champions League, playing in a variety of positions. The 18-year-old has been deployed in central midfield, attacking midfield, on the right-wing and on the left-wing, which shows that he has been able to adapt to a multitude of roles within Barcelona’s set-up despite his young age.
In 17 starts as a central midfielder this season, Pedri has averaged a superb WhoScored rating of 7.11 and provided one goal and four assists. For context, Sadio Mane is the only player in the Liverpool squad with a higher average WhoScored rating than 7.11 in the Premier League. Thiago, however, has averaged a score of 7.14 across 17 starts in all competitions for Liverpool and Spain, which suggests that Pedri has performed to a similar level as the former Bayern man this term.
This means that Liverpool look set to miss out on a seriously talented young player, if their interest is as serious as reported above. Pedri is showing excellent signs in a Barcelona shirt and he could go on to achieve big things in the game if he is able to remain consistent whilst improving areas of his performances as he grows older, as he has already given himself a superb base to work from.
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