Liverpool are said to be keeping a watchful eye on Barcelona’s unsettled winger Pedro Rodríguez.
The 27 year-old who hails from Tenerife in the Canary Islands is not too happy with his lot at the Nou Camp under new manager Luis Enrique and would therefore be up for listening to offers in the January transfer window.
Reports coming out of Spain suggest that the winger is fed up with his current status as a “luxury backup” at the Catalan giants and would be willing for a move.
It was thought that Brendan Rodgers would land him in the summer as his name was touted in Barça’s clear-out campaign, but knowing this information could make Rodgers rekindle his interest in the player. Reports suggest that Pedro has had offers from clubs in the Premier League in the past but this time it looks highly likely that a move would take place given his situation at the Nou Camp.
Arsenal FC may also come into the fray with the Gunners boss linking Pedro up with old teammate Alexis Sánchez, who knows. Whatever the case, Arsenal will face tough opposition from the Reds who have already thrown their hat into the ring.
Liverpool return to Champions League action for the first time since 2009 and Rodgers believes his team are back where they belong. Ex Manchester United player Paul Scholes has even tipped Liverpool to go far in this year’s Champions League when he said: “The big advantage they have is a home crowd. Anfield is always a hostile place to go, which is something Manchester City lack.” Wise words from the Man Utd legend indeed.
The Pedro case is sadly a typical one from Barcelona and other big clubs. A player of his quality is relegated to being a luxury backup as the manager cannot quite decide what to do with him. We have seen the case with Cesc Fàbregas, Cristian Tello, Thiago Alcántara and many others at Barça. Alas, that is the nature of the game and if Pedro wants to play regularly, he’ll have to leave. As always, Barcelona won’t realise Pedro’s worth until he’s out of the door at the Nou Camp!