Not content with a spot at the head of the queue to nab Southampton’s Adam Lallana on his return from the World Cup, Liverpool are reported to be interested in signing Barcelona’s Pedro.
The Spaniard is part of his nation’s squad at the 2014 World Cup and, having top-scored for the 6/1 third-favourites in qualifying, he rates a very intriguing 80/1 shot to lace-up the tournament’s golden boot.
His last five international goals have come against former winners Uruguay, France and Italy, indicating he has more than enough quality to find the net in a testing Group B which also includes the Netherlands, Chile and Australia.
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Only Lionel Messi and Alexis Sanchez netted more in La Liga for Barcelona than Pedro this term, but the Liverpool target has yet to be offered any assurances about his future by new Blaugrana boss Luis Enrique.
Not being a completely consistent starter has been a bugbear of the 26-year-old’s for some time and once again 13 of his 44 appearances this term came having started the match clad in his substitute’s tracksuit.
Versatility is one of a trio of qualities, along with technical ability and football intelligence, regarded as most important in Reds signings going forward according to boss Brendan Rodgers, who told the Daily Mail the following:
‘If we can get players in who are multi-functional, and can play in different roles and are multi-dimensional in their work, it sets us up and gives me more options as a coach.’
Pedro would certainly fit the bill having played and scored on both sides of the attacking three this term for Barca.