Liverpool Transfer News: Pedro to 'Evaluate' Barcelona Future After Hat-Trick

Christopher AtkinsContributor IDecember 23, 2013

GETAFE, SPAIN - DECEMBER 22:  Pedro Rodriguez Ledesma of FC Barcelona celebrates scoring their third goal during the La Liga match between Getafe CF and FC Barcelona at Coliseum Alfonso Perez on December 22, 2013 in Getafe, Spain.  (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)
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Barcelona forward Pedro will evaluate his future at the end of the season, having admitted he is not entirely content with his lessened playing time at the club.

The Spain wideman scored a hat-trick in a 5-2 victory away at Getafe to take his seasonal tally to 10 goals in 16 appearances. However, he has started on just 10 occasions in the league and only half of the side's Champions League fixtures.

Per the Express' Nick Lustig, Pedro said post-match:

I am happy with Barcelona, but things have to be evaluated every season. My goal is to try and stay at this club where I feel very valued and loved. 

When you play less you do not feel less important, but it is true that you notice playing fewer minutes and it is different. But I must fight for my only goal, which is to continue with Barca.

Should the Spain star choose to move on from the Camp Nou, there would be no shortage of suitors for his services—particularly from the English Premier League.

Per the Express' Ben Jefferson earlier in December, both Liverpool and Arsenal are among those interested in capitalising on any discontent the player may be feeling.

They may be in luck, as while he may be consistently impressing, the presence of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Alexis Sanchez makes it unlikely that his playing time will be significantly improved anytime soon.

For the La Masia product, who has contributed so regularly on big occasions for the Catalan side, it must be a source of great frustration.

On Sunday, he was simply sensational and demonstrated exactly why he has proved such an influential player for both club and country in recent years.

His directness has so often been the required impetus when the club have struggled for a breakthrough and against Getafe he was at his lethal best.

For Brendan Rodgers, that directness from wide areas is a dimension that is missing from his Liverpool side at present and, with the Daily Mail's Simon Jones linking them with Egyptian Mohamed Salah, it is an area they are clearly trying to address.

For Arsenal, also, a player of the Spaniard's quality in attacking areas would be a major boost. At present, the club have many skilful attacking midfielders, but few players who attack the area with the purpose that the Barcelona man shows. He would prove complementary to their current resources.

The report suggests Pedro's current contract expires in 2016, meaning any club interested in his services would be required to part with a sizeable fee to secure his services.     

The player's contractual release clause stands at a whopping £125 million, although that figure would prove almost irrelevant to any potential transfer negotiation.