He burst onto the football scene in 2014 when he was aged just 15. Following a battle between Europe’s top clubs, he secured a long term contract with Real Madrid, keeping him at Los Blancos until 2022. He is of course, Martin Odegaard. The diminutive Norwegian midfielder has been burdened by the weight of expectation that comes with being a viral prodigy. A series of videos of him tearing up the Norwegian league whilst he was still a schoolboy went around around the world and he was hailed as the natural successor to the likes of Leo Messi and Andres Iniesta. He has been linked again with a move to the Reds, should Liverpool sign Odegaard?
Now 20 years old, the Norwegian is currently on loan at Real Sociedad in La Liga. He is tearing it up in San Sebastian and has notched 2 goals and 2 assists in his first 7 league games this season, picking up the man of the match award on 2 occasions. He is your typical modern day attacking midfielder; he plays in an advanced role, in touch with the striker and is equally adept creating by coming in from a wide position – much like Eden Hazard’s role at Chelsea.
According to a report by Goal, the young playmaker has attracted the interest of Manchester United and Liverpool, both clubs will have been keeping an eye on his progress in Spain since Real won the race for his signature. He could be just what Liverpool need, we are desperate for a creative spark at the minute, a dynamic attacking midfielder that will carry the ball and show a bit of flair. Naby Keita has threatened these moments of brilliance but the jury is still out on his long term fitness. If given the opportunity, Jürgen Klopp should do everything in his power for Liverpool to sign Odegaard.