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Should Pedro Chirivella leave Liverpool this summer?

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Should Pedro Chirivella leave Liverpool this summer?

Liverpool’s young Spaniard has spent the past 18 months playing in Holland.

Back in 2013, Liverpool snapped up talented young Spaniard Pedro Chirivella from Valencia. He arrived at the same time as fellow Spanish youngster Sergi Canos and looked like being a future star for the Reds.

With his fantastic passing ability and deep-lying midfield position he was quickly compared to a Liverpool legend, earning the moniker ‘the next Xabi Alonso’.

However, does Chirivella have a future at Liverpool?

He has had mini-breakthroughs into the Liverpool team. In the 2015-16 season, he played five times for Liverpool and was rewarded for his progress with a new contract in March 2016.

But in the two years since, things have stalled.

Last January the Reds decided that Chirivella would be best off heading out on loan and he joined Dutch top-flight outfit Go Ahead Eagles. He played 17 times for the club but could not help them stave off relegation to the Eerste Divisie.

(during the Barclays Premier League match between Swansea City and Liverpool at The Liberty Stadium on May 1, 2016 in Swansea, Wales.

But he had impressed other Dutch sides, including Willem II. They snapped him up on loan for the season and he has been an ever-present for the side this campaign.

The 20-year-old has played 35 times this season. Whilst he has not scored, he has contributed four assists to their cause as Willem II survived a relegation fight.

But does he have a long-term Liverpool future?

It is hard to see him becoming a Liverpool first-teamer at this rate. Whilst his campaign in Holland was decent, he hardly pulled up any trees. His progress has slowed in recent years, made more apparent by his lack of inclusion by Spain at under-18, 19, 20 and 21 level despite being a regular as an under-17.

He turns 21 in a week and no doubt has some big decisions to make about his future this summer. Chirivella might want to look at the man he signed for Liverpool with, Sergi Canos, and consider if he would be better off making a permanent exit from Anfield this summer.

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Everton fan for my sins.

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