Liverpool's 18-year-old prodigy backed to become international star
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Liverpool's 18-year-old prodigy backed to become international star

Stefan Bajcetic earned incredible praise on Tuesday as Liverpool beat Wolves 1-0. The teenager started the game and shone.

Jurgen Klopp backed Stefan Bajcetic from the start on Tuesday night. Liverpool went to Wolves for an FA Cup 3rd Round replay and with a heavily rotated side.

Klopp made eight changes from the disaster against Brighton, drafting in some youngsters. Bajcetic was one of those, taking a role at the base of midfield.

What followed was a very impressive performance. Bajcetic frequently makes it appear that he’s been playing at the top level for years and did so again here. He wasn’t perfect, of course, but held his own against some great players.

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Both Alan Shearer and Jamie Carragher raved about Bajcetic after the game. Luis Garcia then joined them in that, stating that the Spaniard should be a present and future star for club and country.

“You will say that I’m saying this because he’s a Spanish player,” Garcia wrote on Twitter. “but… Bajcetic is showing credentials to be the present/future midfielder of LFC & Spain!!”

Stefan Bajcetic for Liverpool

Bajcetic has been a revelation since the summer. He wasn’t really on the radar for an immediate senior presence but a fantastic pre-season changed everything.

And it’s remarkable how far he’s come. Bajcetic wasn’t even playing in midfield a year ago, arriving at Liverpool in December 2020 as a promising centre-back.

The fact he’s developed so quickly into a holding midfielder is incredible. The 18-year-old even played a box-to-box midfield role as a substitute against Aston Villa and scored. He can do it all, it seems.

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Garcia isn’t too far off, then. Bajcetic looks certain to be a first-team fixture before long and is quite clearly Fabinho’s natural successor.

The next year could see him take another leap – and then it’s only a matter of time before Spain comes calling.

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