Guillem Balague suggests Liverpool’s goal at Barcelona had a Messi-like impact, deal unlikely

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Liverpool are believed to be interested in signing Barcelona prodigy Gavi, who is now being compared to Camp Nou legend Lionel Messi.

The Reds already have a technically gifted midfielder trained at Barcelona’s La Masia academy and Thiago Alcantara is a key player for Liverpool.

However, with Thiago in his 30s and some injury woes, we could see Liverpool stepping in for another La Masia sensation.

Spanish journalist Gerard Romero claims Liverpool have offered Barcelona teenager Gave a deal worth around £5million a year, or £96,000 a week.

Mundo Deportivo add Gavi would rather stay at Barcelona but Jurgen Klopp insists he joins Liverpool this summer.

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Barcelona’s huge Spotify sponsorship deal will certainly help their finances but Liverpool appear to be lurking on purpose when it comes to Gavi.

Spanish football expert Guillem Balague has now given his opinion on the situation surrounding Gavi speaking to BBC Sport about the midfielder.

Balague addressed Gavi’s “hyper-competitive” nature and believed his sheer desire to win – at everything in life – got him into the Barca team, with that mentality certainly exactly what Klopp wants.

Balague noted that while Gavi’s hero is Andres Inieista, his comparison and impact at a young age is similar to that of Lionel Messi – a very lofty comparison.

It is even added that Gavi believes he can become a Barcelona legend but for that he needs to stay rather than leave.

Bearing this in mind, Liverpool’s chances of signing Gavi seem slim – but many thought Messi actually left Barcelona last summer.

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All Liverpool can do is position themselves as the number one option should Gavi leave Barcelona, ​​even if that seems hard to imagine.

“He’s extremely competitive, can’t lose at dominoes or card games without grimacing and losing friends, but that’s what got him into the first team,” Balague said. “You need that personality to go through the phases you have to [at Barcelona’s academy] as a young talent. In his case he has jumped levels. He started playing with the 17-year-olds when he was 15.”

“He played more in the first team than on the B-side. As soon as he goes into the new phase, he is completely calm. This is where he belongs.”

“His idol is Andres Iniesta, but I compare his development to Lionel Messi, who also made his debut at 17. It was absolutely no problem that Messi was included in the first team, just as Gavi was included.”

“For a player who has been at Barca for 11 years, his positional play is not the best. He wants to be everywhere. Look at the stats and he’s one of the guys who runs the most. He has to run a little less and be smarter.”

“[Barca] Trust he will play 100+ games for the club. He has a contract until 2023 and they want to extend it. He wants to stay at the Nou Camp. He believes he will be a legend at Barcelona,” he added.

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