Liverpool fringe player seals Anfield exit after signing Ligue 1 deal

Date published: Friday 12th June 2020 6:57

Liverpool’s Pedro Chirivella will depart the club when his contract expires at the end of the month in order to move to French side Nantes. 

The Spaniard, who was signed for the Reds by Brendan Rodgers in the summer of 2013, has been pushing for a move away from the club in order to secure first team football after failing to break into the first team set up on a regular basis.

Chirivella has made just 11 senior appearances during his seven years on Merseyside, while he has also been loaned out on three separate occasions.

But he has now secured a permanent switch away having signed a three-year-deal with Ligue 1 outfit Nantes, who finished 13th in the top flight of French football in 2019/20.

The news comes as a blow to Jurgen Klopp, who was keen to keep hold of Chirivella after playing him six times this season in cup competitions.

Chirivella particularly impressed in the 1-0 FA Cup win over Everton at Anfield as a young Reds side overcame their neighbours courtesy of a Curtis Jones strike at Anfield back in January, while he also captained the side in the 5-0 EFL Cup loss to Aston Villa in December.

The 23-year-old was even offered a five-year-deal earlier this year with the club said to be hopeful that the security of a long term contract would be enough to see him commit his future, however the former Valencia player turned the proposal down.

Meanwhile, Virgil van Dijk could be about to sign a massive new deal with Liverpool which would make him the highest paid player in the club’s history.

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