Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona are both interested in signing Liverpool youngster Stefan Bajcetic.
The 18-year-old has burst onto the scene this season, commandeering a spot in Jurgen Klopp’s starting XI. And as per Calciomercato, this had led to interest from his homeland.
Both Barca and Madrid are said to have had their interest piqued by Bajcetic’s performances for Liverpool.
It’s claimed that the Clasico rivals are keeping an eye on the teenager for ‘future reinforcement.’
Bajcetic still a work-in-progress
If Madrid were interested in Bajcetic prior to last night’s Champions League clash, the youngster won’t have done anything to dissuade that during the game.
He perhaps wasn’t at his best at Anfield. One or two loose balls in dangerous areas showed that he’s still very much a work-in-progress.
But still, Bajcetic more than held his own for large parts, too. Liverpool’s capitulation was nothing to do with him. Yes, he could have done more to stop Luka Modric bursting through for Real’s fifth of the night, but others around him were equally culpable.
It’s rare to see such a young player turning out on such a night in the Champions League. Doing so in itself isn’t necessarily a sign of anything special, but Bajcetic has the look of a player who could be exactly that.
Jordan Henderson certainly seems to think so. The Liverpool captain called his younger teammate ‘outstanding’ for his role in Liverpool’s upturn in form recently. Plenty more praise has come his way, too.
Now though comes an early bump in the road for Bajcetic. How he deals with last night’s setback on club football’s biggest stage will say a lot about what to expect from his future.
As of now, that future shouldn’t be expected to be anywhere other than at Liverpool.
Being a young man from Spain though, the lure of his country’s big two may always be a concern to the Reds. If he continues to attract the interest of Barca and Madrid, at least it’ll be a sign that he’s doing something right.
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