Klopp may have solved midfield issue after youngster’s ‘really good’ performance
Youngster Stefan Bajcetic might just have solved Liverpool's midfield problems.
The Reds are a little light in the centre of the park with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain sidelined because of a serious hamstring injury. That could prompt Jurgen Klopp to delve into the transfer market to bolster his squad.
But the German boss might just already have everything he needs after 17-year-old kid Bajcetic impressed in a friendly match against Strasbourg. Fresh from their Community Shield victory over Manchester City, the Reds fielded a young team against a side that came sixth in Ligue 1 last season. Strasbourg ran out comfortable 3-0 winners, but the performance of Bajcetic really caught the eye.
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So good was the Spaniard's performance that he even received special praise from Klopp after the match. "Stefan played a really good game, felt a little bit so we took him off because of that," he told Liverpool's official website.
Liverpool legend and former Soccer Saturday pundit Phil Thompson was also impressed by Bajcetic. "Bajcetic comes on, he's turning the ball around and is cutting about three or four players of theirs out of the game with one pass because he has the confidence and ability," Thompson told LFCTV.
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"It comes from the academy, it comes from the teaching, how you do it – yes you've got to be safe with the ball in certain areas but be aware of what's around you. You can bet your life that Bajcetic has gone: 'I know someone is free on its way' so has just turned it around into the space.”
Bajcetic might not be a familiar name to Reds fans at the moment, but that could be set to change. The teenager joined Liverpool in 2021 from Celta Vigo after the Anfield club beat Manchester United to his signature.
Since moving to Merseyside, Bajcetic has featured for the U18s and the U23s as a centre-back, although he is also adept at playing in defensive midfield, potentially to the benefit of Liverpool this season.
While it's unlikely he will be involved in any meaningful capacity at the start of the season, Bajcetic could provide a useful option off the bench for the Reds as they continue to deal with issues in midfield.
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