Pedro Chirivella

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Pedro Chirivella
Personal information
Full namePedro Chirivella Burgos [1]
Date of birth (1997-05-23) 23 May 1997 (age 22) [2]
Place of birth Valencia, Spain
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) [2]
Playing position(s) Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 68
Youth career
2004–2013 Valencia
2013–2015 Liverpool
Senior career*
2015– Liverpool 1 (0)
2017Go Ahead Eagles (loan) 17 (2)
2017–2018Willem II (loan) 31 (0)
2019Extremadura (loan) 0 (0)
National team
2012–2014 Spain U17 15 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of 5 January 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17 September 2015

Pedro Chirivella Burgos (Spanish pronunciation:  [ˈpeðɾo tʃiɾiˈβeʎa] ; born 23 May 1997) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for English club Liverpool.


Club career


Born in Valencia, Spain, Chirivella developed his trade at the academy of local club Valencia where he captained the club at various youth levels. [3] During his time with Valencia, Chirivella was scouted by a number of European clubs but it was Liverpool who signed him in 2013 along with fellow Spaniard Sergi Canós from Barcelona. [4] In order to aid Chirivella's transition to England, Liverpool moved his family north from Spain and provided them with work and accommodation. [5] He joined up with Liverpool's academy and on 7 July 2014 was one of seven youngsters to be handed a professional contract by the club. [6]

2015–16 season

Chirivella received his first taste of senior football when he was included in club manager Brendan Rodgers' squad for Liverpool's pre-season tour of Asia and Australia. [7] During the tour he made his non-competitive debut for Liverpool, coming on as a second-half substitute against HJK Helsinki. [5] He received his first competitive call up later in the season for Liverpool's UEFA Europa League group stage match against Bordeaux on 17 September 2015. In the 28th-minute, following an injury to centre-back Kolo Touré, Chirivella was brought on to make his debut and played out the remainder of a 1–1 draw at the Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux. [8] [9] His next appearance for the club saw him make his FA Cup debut under new manager Jürgen Klopp on 8 January 2016 when he came on as a substitute in a third round match against Exeter City. [10] Liverpool ultimately progressed in the Cup which afforded Chirivella the opportunity to make his first start for the club on 9 February 2016 in a 2–1 defeat against West Ham United in the fourth round replay. [11] Chirivella then signed a new contract with Liverpool on 9 March before making his Premier League debut towards the back end of the season, starting in a 3–1 loss against Swansea City on 1 May. [12]

2016–17 season: Loan to Go Ahead Eagles

On 6 January 2017, Liverpool announced that Chirivella, who had spent the first half of the season playing for the club's U23 side, would spend the remainder of the season on loan at Eredivisie club, Go Ahead Eagles in order to gain more first team experience. [13] He made his debut for the club on 13 January 2017, playing the full match in a 3–1 defeat to AZ Alkmaar. [14] The following week, Chirivella scored his first professional goal, heading in the opener from Jarchinio Antonia's cross in a 1–1 draw with Excelsior. [15] He ultimately made 17 appearances for the campaign and scored twice but could not help prevent the club avoid relegation at the end of the season. [16]

2017–18 season: Loan to Willem II

On 26 July 2017, Chirivella returned to Netherlands after being loaned to Willem II for the season. [17] He made his debut for the club on 13 August, starting in a 2–1 defeat to Excelsior. [18]

2018–19 season: Loan to Extremadura

On 31 January 2019, he signed for Spanish club Extremadura UD on loan. [19] On 13 February, however, the club announced he could not play for the first team during the remainder of the season, as his transfer documentations arrived after the time limit. [20]

2019–20 season

On 3 September 2019, Chirivella was named in Liverpool's 25-man Premier League squad for the 2019/20 season. [21] On 25 September, 3 years and 4 months after his last appearance for Liverpool, he came off the bench in a EFL Cup tie against Milton Keynes Dons, replacing Naby Keita after 63 minutes. Liverpool won the tie 2–0. However, it later emerged that Chirivella was in fact ineligible to feature in the tie, as he did not have international clearance. Liverpool were subsequently fined £200,000 by the FA, half of which was suspended. [22]

International career

Chirivella represented Spain at under-17 level and scored twice for them in 15 appearances. [23]

Career statistics

As of match played 26 January 2020 [24]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
ClubSeasonLeagueCup1League CupContinental2Other3Total
Go Ahead Eagles (loan) 2016–17 Eredivisie 172000000172
Willem II (loan) 2017–18 Eredivisie 310400000350
Liverpool U-23s 2019–20 1010
Liverpool 2015–16 Premier League 1030001050
2019–20 Premier League 0020300050
Career total49290300010632

1 Includes FA Cup and KNVB Cup matches.
2 Includes UEFA Europa League matches.
3 Includes EFL Trophy matches.

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