3. Miralem Pjanic – (AS Roma)
Miralem Pjanic is a 24 year old Bosnian midfielder who currently plays for the Italian giants AS Roma. Pjanic has made 110 appearances for Roma and is in the Bosnian senior team since 2008 and has made 56 appearances. He came out from the ranks of Bosnian team FC Metz and then joined Lyon made 90 appearances for them and then Roma signed him in 2011.
Pjanic is the most experienced midfielder among these there but is less skillful and versatile as compared to Barkley and Ward Prowse. Pjanic plays as a central midfielder or a deep lying playmaker (DLP) and also in the number ten role for Roma. His primary strengths as a central midfielder are his passing whether it be short passes; long range passes; through balls he is the master of all and his passes are accurate and effective as well, he is a prolific dribbler and a brilliant set piece taker. His other areas of strengths are his thunderbolt long rangers and direct free kicks he also possess the qualities of a leader. He has some weaknesses too as he is very weak in air and also he is not a very good tackler.
His style of play and job as a deep lying playmaker are very classified all he does is he tries to win possession either by tackling, intercepting passes or in the air and then creates chances for his forwards or passes the ball to the winger. He also likes to carry the ball himself using his fluid dribbling and good pace. When played in the central attacking position he plays like a textbook number ten and waits for the defensive midfielders to feed him with the ball and then makes sound decisions whether to carry the ball or pass it. As mentioned above, his passing is outrageously beautiful as his accuracy this season is 91% and he creates at least 2 or more chances per game. Also he is a proper team man who could do anything for his team.
Pjanic is a very strong contender to fill the boots of Gerrard but the chances of him leaving Roma are very less and even if Liverpool show desire to sign him his price tag will be very uneconomical and non FFP friendly for Liverpool.