The Mail have claimed that Liverpool are the latest club to send their scouts to oversee the talents of wonderkid Isak Bergmann Johannesson amid reported interest from Manchester United and Juventus.
Johannesson, 17, has already become a regular starter for Swedish outfit FK Norrkoping and has already clocked up three goals and eight assists in the Allsvenskan this season.
According to Swedish publication Expressen, Liverpool have sent scout Mads Jorgensen to watch Johannesson in action against AIK next Monday with Norrkoping reportedly aware to the fact that they are likely to lose the talented teenager sooner rather than later.
The club’s chief scout Stig Torbjornsen confirmed Liverpool as one of the interested parties but did go on to say that the Premier League champions are just one of the numerous clubs interested a securing a move.
“Yes (Liverpool are one of the clubs, but) you can name all 10 best clubs in Europe”, Torbjornsen told Expressen.
Johannesson’s father is former footballer Joey Gudjonsson, who enjoyed spells in England with Aston Villa, Burnley, Wolves, Leicester and Huddersfield. His grandfather, Gudjon Thordarson, is the former manager of both Stoke City and Crewe Alexandra.
Johannesson has already clocked up two appearances for Iceland’s Under-21 side but was born in England in 2003, while his father was playing for at Villa Park.
Should Liverpool pursue a move?
Liverpool have benefitted from getting ahead of the game early following the successful recent acquisitions of both Marcelo Pitaluga and Harvey Elliott, both of whom, similarly to Johannesson signed for the Reds at 17.
There is no doubt that given his frankly ridiculous statistical output for a player of his age, that Liverpool are right to be interested in securing a deal.
With the Reds expected to move to their new state-of-the-art training complex next month which will incorporate both the first-team and academy set-up together, Jurgen Klopp will have the opportunity to study all sections of the club so improving the club’s array of young talent will be a top priority.
Considering his age, Johannesson is worth taking a punt on. Also given the fact that he is being extensively studied by numerous foreign clubs, Liverpool would be wise to swoop as soon as possible.
Praise for Johannesson
Torbjornsen has also claimed that the interest in Johannesson is ‘completely wild’, and he has ‘never seen anything like it’.
Norrkoping’s chief scout added that big clubs are starting to latch on to other clubs who want the teenager, and claims direct contact has already been made about a deal by some of the clubs mentioned, meaning Liverpool may well have already have begun contact to begin materialising a move.
“I’ve never seen anything like it,” said Torbjornsen. “The interest is completely wild. It is such a struggle for the young talents. You notice this with all the calls and inquiries you receive. When there is a hype around a player, the others want to hook on.”
“Yes, it is the category of clubs that are interested. You notice that many are interested because they make direct contact with us,” he added when asked about United, Liverpool and Juve.
Johannesson: Player profile
- Versatile midfielder
Johannesson is 18 and plays mainly as an attacking midfielder, although is also comfortable in other positions. He made his debut for FK Norrkoping last September at 16.
- The numbers
In total Johannesson has 27 appearances as a professional and four goals. He also has 10 assists, and has clocked up 20 caps at youth national level.
- Style of play
Johannesson is an intelligent player who likes to find space between the lines. His pace and dribbling ability are among several of his strengths. He is very good in combination play and is keen to take players on and has good close control. He also likes to drop deep and is astute and technically capable of playing in various tactical systems.
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