Reports from Italy are ripe that Premier League giants Liverpool are scouting on the highly rated 20m star Miralem Pjanic of Roma. Managing director Ian Ayre and chief scout Barry Hunter were in Rome in midweek to watch Roma’s 2-1 win over Torino in the Serie A.
With the Summer transfer window still a few months away, Premier League clubs all over England are desperately trying to add the right players to their squad and Liverpool are no exception. The Reds are currently second in the Premier League table, a point behind Chelsea in their quest for the League title. With the Reds more or less guarantying a Champions League berth for next season, manager Brendan Rodgers is desperate to add quality additions from the upper echelons of Europe’s brightest talents in his already impressive squad.
Liverpool’s enviable attacking style this season suggests that Rodgers is on a lookout for a versatile midfielder, who with his attacking verve and good technical ability can provide something extra for the Reds next season. Pjanic suits the bill perfectly as the Bosnian midfielder has been an integral part of the Roma squad who are currently second in the Serie A table. His dazzling dribbling ability coupled with incisive passing and dynamism on the ball would suit the current Liverpool lineup where he can play alongside Jordan Henderson and Steven Gerrard.
There would be questions on whether the Roma man will be able to accustom himself in the Premier League given opponents rarely give a player any time on the ball. However Pjanic’s biggest strengths comes in his ability to skip past opposition with his nimble footwork and his clever through and diagonal balls from the middle of the park. Moreover he is adept at taking setpices, something which is an added bonus given his worth.
Another aspect to Pjanic’s all round ability comes from the fact the fact that he would help Liverpool in ball retention. Rarely does the Bosnian squanders possession with sharp and precise passing, however question marks would hang on his defensive capabilities. Rarely does he track back and Pjanic is not a good tackler of the ball but he makes up for it by working his socks off running all the time and providing his team a passing option.
Make no mistake if Liverpool are to land Pjanic next summer ahead of the World Cup, where he would be an integral member of the Bosnian squad, Rodgers would certainly have a gem of a player at is disposal. Another aspect would be, Pjanic can be a long term solution for Liverpool’s ageing captain Steven Gerrard, given his age,23, and the willingness to run the extra on the pitch for his time.