Full Name: Pedro Chirivella Burgos
Club(s): Valencia, Liverpool
Position: Central Midfield
Bio: Born on the 23rd May 1997, Chirivella has been an integral part of Valencia’s youth Academy ever since he joined the Spanish side when he was just a little kid. Chirivella is known for his exemplary attitude and has captained various Valencia sides at youth level, earning many plaudits in the process. Furthermore he has also been capped at international level for Spain’s U16 and U17 side, therefore there’s no surprise that he’s so highly rated.
Players that he resembles: In my opinion due his excellent vision and fantastic range of passing Chirivella reminds me a bit of Sergio Busquets and Xabi Alonso combined. Although I do think he’s more mobile than the two and contributes an awful lot in attack, even when playing central defensive mid, therefore he also has a bit of Cesc Fabregas about him.
What’s the situation at the moment?
Chirivella has received interest from the likes of Barcelona and Manchester City, however he has rejected both of the two clubs in favour of a move to Merseyside. He’s understood to be in Liverpool at this current moment of time, finalising a 5 year contract in which he’ll earn £300, 000 every year. Valencia have tried to convince him to stay, however Chirivella has had his heart set out on the move to Liverpool ever since the Reds first came in for him, therefore it was no use leaving Valencia fans and players alike shattered knowing that they lost arguably their best prospect at the Academy.
What Can We Expect?
Chirivella will definitely commence his season with the U18 where he can be deployed in a number of roles, including central defensive mid that could see him link up with equally highly rated Jordan Rossiter. Although Chirivella is equally adept playing in Attacking Midfield due to his technical ability and movement off the ball, therefore it’s possibility that he’ll be playing in that position, instead of the more defensive role, in order to provide more options in attack.
Why are Valencia so disappointed about losing him?
Chirivella is a very exciting young prospect and many Valencia fans have been thrilled by his development at the club’s academy, with most of them tipping him to make the breakthrough to the first team next season dubbing Chirivella as the best Valencia youngster to come through their academy in the last decade. Therefore what’s Valencia’s loss will be Liverpool’s gain, as the Reds could be pulling of a potential masterstroke with the capture of the young Spanish U17 international.
Will he fit into Liverpool’s playing style?
Without a shadow of a doubt, Chirivella has grown up playing football with the ‘tiki taka’ style being drilled into him by his coaches, therefore playing a similar type of football at Liverpool shouldn’t cause him to face any difficulties. His quality and phenomenal range of passing will be a spectacular spectacle and one that will definitely get Liverpool fans out of their seats.
Does he have the potential to become a superstar?
Chirivella is extremely highly rated and has been regular member of Spain’s U17 side at the age of 15, therefore it’s clear for all to see that he’s one of the best Spanish prospects around. It’s just up to Chirivella now whether or not he makes it as at Liverpool, however due to his magnificent attitude he shouldn’t face any problems and will put in a 110% every game in order to increase his chances of making it with the first team.
Overall I believe that many will warm to Chirivella due to his passion and commitment for the shirt which is exactly what Liverpool fans want to see. Apart from that he also posses talent, otherwise he wouldn’t be so highly rated and combining the two should eventually lead him to become a decisive member of the Reds first team squad.