Stefan Bajcetic shares what Thiago Alcantara keeps on doing to help him on the pitch
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Stefan Bajcetic shares what Thiago Alcantara keeps on doing to help him on the pitch

Stefan Bajcetic says Liverpool teammate Thiago Alcantara is constantly talking to him during matches.

Today was a big day for Bajcetic, as he claimed his first ever Premier League start in the 0-0 draw with Chelsea. The 18-year-old didn’t look out of place, helping the Reds to what could be a useful point.

And speaking to LFCTV after the game, Bajcetic was asked about the influence of Thiago on his game.

“He’s [Thiago] always trying to help me. On the pitch he’s talking, encouraging me, it’s amazing to play with him and so easy as well,” raved the youngster.

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From Vigo to Liverpool

With Liverpool desperately searching for solutions to their midfield problem, Bajcetic’s emergence couldn’t have been better timed.

And in Thiago, he really does have the perfect mentor. Not only are the two players both from the same country, but their families also have an interesting connection.

Thiago’s father Mazinho and Bajcetic’s dad Srdan played together at Celta Vigo in the 1990s. It must be special for the two families to see their boys now sharing the field at Anfield.

Bajcetic was born in Vigo, while Thiago moved there aged five, when his dad joined Celta.

So, it’s easy to see why Liverpool’s No.6 would be keen to take his younger colleague under his wing. He’s a superb little player and is also from a similar background to Thiago.

If he turns into even half the player that the Spain international is, then Liverpool will be in business.

Early signs to that effect are good. It really is impressive how Stefan has been able to slot into such a dysfunctional side with such ease.

If he can play this well in a Reds team failing to fire on all cylinders, just think how good he can be in a proper Jurgen Klopp team. A really exciting talent with the absolute ideal role model. Congrats on your full debut, Stefan.

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