Noel Whelan has urged Pedro Chirivella to push through a move to Rangers this summer but admits it will be difficult to leave Liverpool.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former Leeds and Aberdeen forward insisted the 22-year-old would find it difficult to break into the Jurgen Klopp’s side even if he signed a long-term deal.
Chirivella, who turns 23 on Saturday, is out of contract at the end of June and his career appears to have reached a crossroads.
According to Goal, the Spanish central midfielder has been offered a five-year contract at Anfield having impressed manager Jurgen Klopp this season.
Steven Gerrard is believed to be interested in acquiring the services of the midfielder from his former club having received glowing references on the player.
When asked by Football Insider if the former Valencia player should choose Ibrox or Anfield, Whelan said: “You could be in a worse position!
“He could try and kickstart his career at Rangers and if he does well he can come back to the Premier League as a ready-made player in a few years’ time.
“It is tough because it is difficult to turn down a five-year deal at a club like Liverpool but I am not sure if he is going to be able to break into that team.
“I think if it is there for him now at Rangers, go and join them. If you are good enough you will be back in the Premier League soon as a first-choice.”
Chirivella has six first-team appearances to his name this season having predominantly featured for the Reds’ under-23 side.
The midfielder is expected to sign a short term deal on Merseyside after the Premier League announced clubs could tie out of contract players down until the end of the season.