Klopp delivers team news for Liverpool's match with Arsenal
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Former Liverpool prospect Pedro Chirivella said he does not regret his departure from Jurgen Klopp’s side, despite the fact he was offered a new contract. The Spaniard spent seven years on Merseyside, but chose to leave the club on a free transfer to pursue first team football with Ligue One outfit Nantes.
Chirivella was signed by the Reds from Valencia Under-19s when he was a raw, but extremely promising teenager in the summer of 2013.
He progressed through the youth teams and eventually made his debut under Brendan Rodgers in a Europa League group match against Bordeaux in 2015.
Unfortunately, his first appearance under the now Leicester City manager did not usher in a new wave of first-team opportunities as he was sent on loan to Go Ahead Eagles and Willem II in Holland, as well as Spanish side Extremadura.
After seven seasons and only 11 first team appearances, Chirivella decided to end his time at Anfield and move across the channel to Ligue One – a decision he still stands by.
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“I wanted change,” the Spaniard said to French outlet SoFoot.com.
“When Nantes came, Christian Gourcuff spoke to me. He trusted me a lot.
“When I spoke of the possibility to Klopp, he told me to go for it, that Ligue 1 had a strong future potential.
“Those words stuck in my head. I made that choice, and today, I absolutely do not regret it”.
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He slipped seamlessly into life in France and was immediately afforded the first-team opportunities he had been craving in England. The defensive midfielder made 32 appearances in his debut season and even managed to contribute two goals with the Canaries.
And he has begun his second season
However, despite the fact he made 62 appearances for the Liverpool U23s – almost six times as many as he did for the first team – the Spaniard revealed he was given an opportunity to commit his future to the club.
“Liverpool offered to extend my contract, but my last two years had been sportingly complicated,” the Nantes star added.
“I was good when I played, but I didn’t play enough for my taste, and I didn’t want to be loaned anymore.”
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Nantes are currently 10th in Ligue One but are only five points away from the Champions League places.
He is currently playing under former Paris Saint-Germain and Toulouse manager Antoine Kombouare, but he was initially signed by former France manager Raymond Domenech. And the Spaniard will travel to the Parc des Princes to face PSG for the first time this season.
But the former Liverpool star claims his side do not fear Mauricio Pochettino’s side, despite the embarrassment of riches the French giants have.
“Honestly, the points we take against Paris Saint-Germain have the same value as against another team,” Chirivella added.
“We have studied what PSG could offer and we will see if that will allow us to obtain a positive result.”
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