Pedro Chirivella has been with the club for a while. Signed by the Academy from Valencia in 2015 - when Brendan Rodgers was still manager - he’s been with them ever since (with the exception of quite a few loan moves). Now, the now 22 year old midfielder featuring for the Liverpool U23s has made quite the impression when called upon this season to represent the Reds in the FA Cup and League Cup matches. He’s had the tenacity to stick with Liverpool, even though he’s had a total of five appearances (!!!) for the Reds since signing with us in 2015.
“Pedro has been incredible,” U23s manager Neil Critchley told the club website recently of Chirivella. “He is an unbelievable person to work with. He just loves football, loves playing and would play every day.
“For such a young player and a young person, he has unbelievable intelligence and experience of playing the game and he passes that on to everyone around him.
”He gives everything to the team and for the team. He never thinks of himself and he sacrifices himself all of the time.
”I am so delighted for him that he is reaping the rewards of all the hard work and effort he puts in.”
While the Senior Men’s team is certainly not lacking for options in the midfield, Chirivella has proven himself ready and willing to step up when the club needs him in important matches - having made sizeable impacts his starting matches and off the bench. For someone seemingly forgotten by the club and by fans, it hasn’t seemed to make an impact on the type of player he’s become - able to put his head down and get to work to make himself the player he needs to be to succeed at this club.
“He is first on the training ground every day, he plays like a real leader and the boys love him for that,” Critchley continued.
”Sometimes you say use your experience but I think that’s more in terms of an older player, 30 or beyond. But you are only experienced if you use that experience for the benefit of the team - Pedro does that all of the time.
”I’m so proud of Pedro as a person and the experience he is getting at the moment he deserves it more than anyone.”