It is well known that Brendan Rodgers likes to play continental football at Anfield, the same sort of style Pedro Rodriguez thrives in. During his time at Barcelona, he was a major part in Pep Guardiola’s system, affectionately christened as tika-taka. The style of play helped the Spaniard perform at his best and fire Barca to two Champions League wins, three La Liga titles, two World Club Cup trophies, two Copa Del Rey titles and two Super Cup winner’s medals – clearly the perfect player that Rodgers requires in his team to bring home some desperately-needed silverware. Not only that but 27-year-old Pedro was also part of Vicente Del Bosque’s all-conquering Spain side, playing a similar style to Guardiola, which saw La Roja lift the 2010 World Cup and the 2012 European championship. Rodgers can persuade Pedro to be part of a major revamp up front after losing Raheem Sterling to Manchester City last week and help restore success at Anfield with fellow new signings Roberto Firmino, Danny Ings and James Milner.
This summer’s transfer activities have seen Liverpool lose a crucial member of their starting line-up. The Reds recently sold winger Sterling to City for a cool £49m. Whilst Pedro made 50 appearances for Barcelona last season, he is still behind Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar in the pecking order. Pedro still has a lot to offer as a player at 27, and the prospect of first-team football and a fresh challenge at a club that has seen fellow countrymen Luis Garcia, Xabi Alonso and Pepe Reina become favourites with the Kop in recent years could be ideal. Pedro’s style of play will fit perfectly with the likes of Daniel Sturridge, Philippe Coutinho, James Milner and Jordan Henderson.
When Pedro waved goodbye to former teammate, Alexis Sanchez, even he probably didn’t think the Chilean would be such a huge hit at Arsenal. Sanchez has helped bring success to The Emirates with the north London club being the first team to win the FA Cup in consecutive years since 2003. Pedro would hope to be as big a hit as Sanchez if he does move to Anfield. Pedro was favoured more under Guardiola, Tito Vilanova and Luis Enrique than Sanchez, but now that Pedro is finding himself more of a benchwarmer than part of the starting line-up, he may want to consider his options. With Liverpool also missing out on Sanchez last season, snapping up Pedro ahead of Arsenal could be the perfect tonic for their disappointment.
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