Brendan Rodgers has made no secret of his desire to strengthen Liverpool's already very impressive attacking threat with new signings this summer, and Barcelona's Pedro seems to be the latest forward on his radar.
Having failed in bids to bring the likes of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Willian, Mohamed Salah and Yevhen Konoplyanka to Anfield in the last two transfer windows, the Reds enter this summer with the added lure of Champions League football.
The Mirror's David Maddock reports that Liverpool have already approached Barcelona over signing the 26-year-old:
The fact he is also versatile enough to operate all along the front line appeals to Rodgers, who would love to sign a forward who could play as an out and out striker, but also cut in from wide positions if Suarez or Strurridge play centrally.
Indeed, Pedro's versatility is his main attraction. He is quick on the turn, intelligent on the ball and can operate in a number of areas from the midfield forward.
Pedro and Milner to Liverpool back to back rumours on Sky Sports News. I'd be dancing around town if we got them two.— Paul Boyham (@PaulBoyham) May 22, 2014
In January, John Milburn of This Is Anfield pinpointed the Spanish international as his choice of desired transfer targets, highlighting how he would add extra depth to Rodgers' flourishing attack:
Pedro would provide an upweight in quality to our attack – no team in the top half of the table (with the exception of Everton perhaps) have a great defence – league places this year will be decided on goals scored and in tough games to come Pedro – (he’s scored 11 in 16 appearances for Barca) this term and would be a brilliant partner to Suarez or Sturridge or to provide relief to Sterling or Coutinho. He would really amp up our attacking options.
Since January though, Raheem Sterling has gone from strength to strength, becoming not only one of the best performers of Liverpool's first-team, but also one of the team's most important players.
He has had the Premier League spellbound by his confident, pacey runs from wide areas and through the middle, contributing to goals and ending the season with 10 goals to his name in all competitions.
In contrast, Pedro scored 15 goals in 37 La Liga appearances for the Catalan giants during 2013-14, creating 37 goalscoring chances for teammates and boasting an 84 percent pass accuracy record, according to Squawka.
Impressive stats, albeit in an arguably weaker league, but it is the cohesion and spirit that has embodied Liverpool's success in the last year.
With Sterling making up the vital cogs of Liverpool's front four, with Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho, it is difficult to see where an outsider such as Pedro comes in.
Liverpool are preparing for a much bigger fight in 2014/15. For all their remarkable progress and achievements so far, now they must step up to the challenge of competing simultaneously in the Premier League and Champions League.
Rodgers needs to equip his squad ready for the task ahead, and the purchase of a player of Pedro's quality and calibre would give Liverpool that depth to perform.
Maddock's theory, as per the Mirror, that Barcelona no longer have Pedro in their plans, however, is sketchy at best:
The evidence he needed that he is no longer wanted by the Catalans came on Wednesday when he, his some-time strike partner Alexis Sanchez and midfielder Cesc Fabregas were all missing from photos used in the launch of the new home kit.
For a player having appeared in all but one of Barcelona's La Liga games in 2013-14, to suggest he is no longer wanted because of marketing gimmicks seems quite far-fetched.
But for Liverpool, Barcelona players are no longer untouchable. Both clubs finished second in their respective leagues after hard-fought title races, and both can offer players Champions League football and the lure of joining a historically decorated club known for it's passion.
Pedro's almost seamless link-up play with teammates would suit Suarez to the ground—a telepathic-like partnership to send England and Europe's best defences into a tangle.
Don't even get me excited about Pedro at Liverpool.— Jack (@JackWatson_) May 22, 2014
Just don't forget Sturridge, Sterling and Coutinho.