As unlikely a transfer as it may initially seem, given the gulf in European standing between the two clubs right now, Liverpool could be ready to make a move for Barcelona star Pedro this January.
The winger is alleged by Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo (h/t Barry Glendenning of the Guardian) to have said he could be open to the thought of a Premier League switch.
Needless to say, the move would be massive for Liverpool right now. This is a two-time Champions League winner with La Blaugrana who has also triumphed in four La Liga campaigns, two FIFA Club World Cups and a couple of Copa del Reys. He could potentially bring a heap of immediate impact to Anfield.
Aside from the individual benefits Pedro would bring to the club, such a signing would undoubtedly boost confidence within the squad's current roster, not least the man who needs more convincing than any other: Luis Suarez.
It's no secret that the Reds' star striker has been linked with a move away from Merseyside for some time, with Champions League football frequently mentioned as the key factor Suarez desires. His talent certainly belongs on such a stage.
For Pedro, the attraction of a move is regular first-team football. The Spaniard has been one of Barca's most reliable creative resources in recent seasons, but currently finds himself battling hard for recognition behind Lionel Messi, Neymar, Alexis Sanchez and Cesc Fabregas.
During a World Cup year, Pedro will be aware that he needs regular football if he is to be selected by Vicente Del Bosque in Brazil. Liverpool can offer that platform.
According to Transfermarkt, Pedro has seven goals and two assists to his name this season. That shows a different brand to the game he's often displayed at the Camp Nou, with playmaking and ammunition usually surpassing his direct influence in front of goal.
For Suarez, the sight of Pedro walking through the Anfield entrance would be a signal that perhaps he can achieve his aims on Merseyside.
Players regularly look around themselves to be assured they can win things with their current employers. Such a scenario led Robin van Persie to Manchester United after several barren years at Arsenal.
Liverpool are undoubtedly improving, and Brendan Rodgers has added top defenders like Mamadou Sakho to support a developing attack that now boasts Steven Gerrard, Philippe Coutinho, Daniel Sturridge and Suarez.
However, one or two key injuries—like those picked up by Sturridge and Gerrard—immediately show the lack of depth at Anfield. Suarez is currently the only fit and recognised forward at Liverpool. Adding a world-class talent like Pedro would change perception, inside and outside of the club.
With Liverpool currently tailing Arsenal for the Premier League's top spot, Suarez will already have received some renewed security in what his club are capable of. The end goal is silverware and major European involvement, something Pedro would undoubtedly help them achieve.
This winter promises to prove vital in dictating how the Reds push on in the latter half of the season. They will either stay the course and prove they are once again a force in English football, or their current stretch of early-season form will prove as far as the journey goes.
Pedro's acquisition would undoubtedly lend itself to making sure it's the former that becomes the reality, bringing not just another fine asset to the club, but ensuring those already present are confident in the club's crusade.
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