Cristian Tello Alerts Liverpool by Revealing He May Leave Barcelona

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistDecember 3, 2013

BARCELONA, SPAIN - OCTOBER 05:  Cristian Tello of FC Barcelona looks on  during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Valladolid CF at Camp Nou on October 5, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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After a difficult couple of years in trying to crack Barcelona's first team, Cristian Tello could finally call time on his Catalan career in 2014 following comments from the youngster.

According to the Daily Star's Nick Lustig, the 22-year-old Liverpool target will reassess his situation at the end of the 2013/14 campaign and could opt to leave if he hasn't received what he sees as sufficient playing time.

An excerpt from Lustig's report quotes Tello saying:

You wait and see how the season goes and if by the end I do not play what I want, I will raise out. 

Taking that step will be quite difficult but I think we appreciate the role of each. As the years pass you want the role change and have more minutes.

ZARAGOZA, SPAIN - APRIL 14:  Cristian Tello of FC Barcelona celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the la Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Zaragoza at La Romareda on April 14, 2013 in Zaragoza, Spain.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty I
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Brendan Rodgers may seek to bring about that exit even earlier, however, if he sees the Spaniard as a helpful addition in January.

As was recently confirmed by Sky Sports, the Reds' Daniel Sturridge will be missing from first-team action for up to eight weeks, meaning attacking reinforcements just became that much more essential at Anfield:

Rodgers relied on a creative trio of Victor Moses, Jordan Henderson and Raheem Sterling to back up Luis Suarez in Sturridge's absence on Sunday, but the forward's loss proved costly as Liverpool slumped to a 3-1 defeat against Hull City.

Tello has endured a difficult time at the Camp Nou in recent seasons. Despite being looked upon as one of Barca's best academy products in recent years—he trained at La Masia for six years—the winger has made just 17 La Liga starts for the club in almost two years.

HULL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 01:  Brendan Rodgers, manager of Liverpool looks on prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Hull City and Liverpool at KC Stadium on December 1, 2013 in Hull, England.  (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)
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If the player's recent comments are anything to go by, now may be the time where Tello is hoping to move out of the "starlet" tag and into a more consistent playing role at a club where he's likely to receive minutes.

Tello has made nine league appearances for La Blaugrana this season, only two of which have been as part of the starting XI, crafting two assists in the process.

Meanwhile, the Reds lie as the Premier League's third-highest scorers so far this campaign, but will now endure their first patch without the services of Sturridge, who's been prolific since arriving from Chelsea in January.

Tello's struggle to fit in at the Camp Nou could be Liverpool's gain and he would fit a three-pronged attack superbly, although there's no specific mention of a potential transfer fee if a deal were to come about.