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Liverpool should hand Pedro Chirivella a new deal at the expense of Adam Lallana

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Liverpool should hand Pedro Chirivella a new deal at the expense of Adam Lallana

The Spaniard has been in decent form during Liverpool’s cup fixtures this season.

Liverpool beat Shrewsbury Town 1-0 in the FA Cup last night, with Pedro Chirivella once again covering himself in glory.

It wasn’t the first time this season that the Spaniard has put in a standout performance.

He has played six times for the first-team this season and largely, he has caught the eye with his elegant style.

The 22-year-old is out of contract at Anfield in the summer but his form this season will have surely given Jurgen Klopp some food for thought.

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Prior to this season, Chirivella has played just five games for the senior team and it seemed as though his contract would be run down.

The central midfielder appears to be something of a late bloomer, however.

His form in the cup competitions this season might not be the greatest news for a current Liverpool first-teamer.

Adam Lallana will see his contract expire in the summer, although the Reds do have an option to extend it for another year.

The form of Chirivella could actually prove decisive as to whether Liverpool choose to exercise the option of another year.

Lallana has played 13 times for the Reds this season and when called upon has been utilised in the middle of the park.

 

The emergence of Chirivella could force the ex-Southampton man further down the pecking order and a mutual split at the end of his deal might be best for all parties.

Lallana earns a whopping £110,000-a-week at Anfield and those wages could be better spent elsewhere.

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Having arrived from the Saints in 2014, Lallana has proved a decent player for Liverpool.

He has played 175 games for the club and operated in a number of different positions when called upon.

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Klopp now has a plethora of young talent at his disposal, however, and keeping Lallana around might prove a bad decision.

Chirivella has proved this season that he has the attributes to do a job in midfield for Liverpool.

He can pass, is intelligent out of possession and isn’t afraid to stick his foot in to win the ball back.

Lallana sticking around could hamper the likes of Chirivella earning more chances to impress.

Klopp might be better off handing the Spaniard a new deal and sending Lallana on his way in the summer.

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