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Rumour Mongering: Liverpool to Rescue Barcelona Attacker

Barcelona’s Pedro is stuck down the depth chart with the Catalan giants, and Spanish paper Sport think that this time around he really is set for a Liverpool escape. Ninth time’s the charm, then.

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If Liverpool’s January seemed a little quiet, perhaps it’s because the club weren’t seriously linked to Pedro, Barcleona’s not-so-young-anymore attacker who’s been linked with a move to Anfield each and every other transfer window for the past five years. If that’s all that was missing, though, take heart: the 27-year-old has been linked this week ahead of a supposed summer move.

Never mind that Barcelona can’t register any new players over the next two windows or that Pedro’s been on the verge of a Liverpool move at least eight or nine times before only to have it come to nothing. Apparently, this time around, the Spanish attacker is feeling unsettled due to the inevitable lack of playing time that comes from being sat behind Messi, Neymar, and Suarez in the Barca pecking order.

Which is pretty much like every other time minus a Suarez or plus a David Villa or Alexis Sanchez. But still, Pedro is unhappy. And Spanish outlet Sport think that this time he really could end up heading to the Premier League and Liverpool, even if this time around Liverpool wouldn’t appear to have a great deal of need for his talents as a support attacker given the players already on the squad.

Players like Raheem Sterling and Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana and Lazar Markovic and now Jordon Ibe as well, who looks certain to be a part of Liverpool’s plans heading into next season along with the other four. Certainly Pedro would be in the mix at Liverpool to a greater degree than he is at Barcelona, but if ever there was a time for the player to productively move to Anfield, that time has passed.

He’s a talented player, technically gifted and a hard worker, but Liverpool no longer seem to have a great need for what he would bring to the squad and neither does it appear there would be anything for him to gain by moving to Anfield at this stage. All told, then, it seems quite safe to file this rumour under lazy mongers recycling old names. Same as it ever was.

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