It sounds great, it’s a romantic idea, but if this deal does go through, in reality it benefits no-one, especially Andrea Pirlo.
Pirlo is a god in terms of midfield ingenuity. His presence on the pitch puts fear into anyone attempting to defend against the Italian magician. He is constantly hyped up, and rightly so, he is one of few players who can ping passes from anywhere, in devastating fashion.
He almost looks leisurely in his approach at times. This is more often than not down to his ability to see what others don’t, make the correct decision and provide himself that extra yard of space to pick opponents apart.
At 36, and playing one of his final seasons at the top level of European football, a move to Liverpool would not be the dream finish to a career which is deserving of a more high-profile end.
His Juventus side are currently in the driving seat in the their Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid, and although the game is very finely poised at just 2-1 before the second leg in Madrid, even reaching this far would be a less than shameful way for one of football’s true geniuses to end his career.
Lest we forget also that the Turin club simply cast aside their challengers in the Serie A this season to be officially confirmed as champions last weekend. They are also in the Coppa Italia final next month against Lazio, which could complete a dominant season for The Old Lady.
This writer’s reservations about Pirlo staying in Europe, and more specifically Liverpool, stem from the fact that in reality he won’t be able to keep up his level of performance in the next few years, especially in England, where pace is imperative to every players’ game.
When a great of the game goes out on a low it leaves a sense of lingering frustration, a sense that more could have been achieved. Ironically one could say this is currently happening to Steven Gerrard. He leaves to play the rest of his football in the MLS amid an anti-climatic end to his Reds career. Despite this, he at least leaves Anfield in the knowledge that he will forever be a hero at the club.
If Pirlo decides to stay in Europe he will be consistently analysed and compared to his ability during his time in the Serie A. He’s not a player that relies on his pace but the fear is that he will just become a small cog for the Reds and his illustrious career will simply peter out.
Knowing how talented he is, this writer could easily be proven wrong but a fitting end to his career would be bowing out at the very least with a Champions League semi-final place reached, along with a league and cup medal in his pocket, rather than fading his legacy with a side who still may not even feature in Europe’s top tier next year.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena