Liverpool must swoop for Barcelona midfielder Pedri this summer after being linked with a move for the teenager.
What’s the story?
Pedri enjoyed a stellar breakout season with the Catalan giants in 2020/21, but their poor financial situation has seen a host of first-team stars linked with an imminent exit.
Edwards must swoop
The teenage prodigy joined Barca in an £18m move back in 2019 but stayed on at his boyhood club Las Palmas for another season.
After joining up with Ronaldo Koeman’s men 12 months ago, Pedri has instantly established himself as one of the club’s star performers.
Despite his tender years, the Spain international made an astonishing 52 appearances in all competitions for the Camp Nou outfit last season, bagging four goals and providing six assists along the way.
His impressive displays earnt him a spot in Luis Enriques’s 24-man squad for Euro 2020 and saw compatriot Thiago laud the youngster with praise after impressing on international duty.
“It’s amazing how confident he is for his age. He’s a footballer who looks spectacular,” claimed the Liverpool midfielder.
“With the club he’s at; and what he’s doing there, it’s incredible. I urge him to keep progressing.”
For someone so young, Pedri has an amazing ability to keep possession and unlock defences, something so many previous Spanish technicians have also excelled in.
However, it’s a quality that has been missing at Anfield for quite some time.
While Liverpool have founded their success in recent years off the back of their highly impressive gegenpressing style, Klopp’s charges have lacked a natural advanced playmaker since Philippe Coutinho’s departure.
Gini Wijnaldum’s departure to Paris Saint-Germain has left a gap in the Reds’ engine room, and Pedri could be the perfect man to fill it.
His contract currently contains a £70m buyout clause, but with Barca reportedly keen to tie him down to fresh terms, Klopp may have to move quickly to secure his key target.