'Stand out' 17-year-old is still training with Liverpool's first-team and there could be a squad place for him
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'Stand out' 17-year-old is still training with Liverpool's first-team and there could be a squad place for him

Stefan Bajcetic is still training with the Liverpool first-team after the pre-season tour. There could be a place for him this season.

The Liverpool Echo pointed out on Wednesday that Stefan Bajcetic is still training with the Liverpool first-team. That’s despite the end of the Reds’ pre-season tour where Jurgen Klopp relied on young players for rotation.

But it seems that Bajcetic might have really caught the eye. That shouldn’t really surprise too many – he was labelled a ‘standout’ by the coaching staff last season – and it’s possible that the Reds see a spot in their squad for him.

After all, Bajcetic is making his name while playing two positions at youth level. He arrived from Celta Vigo as a centre-back but has quickly show ability as a holding midfielder, too. And with that kind of versatility, Liverpool could really use him next season.

Stefan Bajcetic in Liverpool training

The Liverpool Echo claimed in May that Rhys Williams may stick around next season. The Reds are after a fifth-choice centre-back, knowing full well that a disaster can strike and deplete the first-team of options.

But we now know that player won’t be Williams. He joined Blackpool on loan this week, opening up that fifth-choice spot for a surprise squad player. We considered both Nat Phillips and Sepp van den Berg as options – though, it might actually be Bajcetic.

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The 17-year-old will remain with the Under 21 side at the very least, of course, and so Liverpool know he’ll be available this season. On top of that, he can not only cover the centre-backs but also Fabinho in the holding role.

Liverpool lack cover there, especially as Jurgen Klopp now sees Tyler Morton as a more advanced midfielder. Bajcetic, though, could do that job at a push.

The Echo’s report mentions how the Serbian is currently carrying the water and earning his place in first-team training. If he works hard enough, he might just earn a place in the first-team squad.

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