Watching Pedro Chirivella control the tempo at the base of the midfield against Everton, it was easy to think that at 22 years of age the player could do better than this. With this being limited to the odd domestic cup appearance.
It was easy to see a player who might not seem to have a future at Anfield but who wouldn’t look out of place today playing regularly for a bottom-half Premier League side or ambitious Championship club seeking promotion.
A future Conor Coady, perhaps. If he ended up at the right club and got the playing time and all the stars lined up for him. And that could still be his future. But now it turns out his future, just maybe, could still be at Liverpool.
That’s because there are reports that with the player having impressed in training after returning from a year in limbo when registration issues with Extremadura left him unable to play, he may be getting a new Liverpool deal.
At least that’s what’s being reported by journalists with ties to the club, though with the caveat that with the player able to leave on a free at the end of the season Liverpool would understand if he instead heads elsewhere.
Whatever Chirivella’s future holds and wherever he ends up next season, though, it’s nice to see that his hard work appears to finally be paying off after a series of difficult loans and then losing an entire season to UEFA red tape.