Report: Starlet Who Manchester United Wanted continues Liverpool first-team training
Pre-season is not just about helping players get back to full fitness and Premier League levels of sharpness, but it is also about giving academy youngsters a chance to get a taste of football in the first team and to put himself in front of the eyes of director Jurgen Klopp.
One player who has emerged from Liverpool’s academy ranks this pre-season is Stefan Bajcetic, who has impressed many in outings against two Premier League oppositions in Manchester United and Crystal Palace.
The Reds have now returned from the Far East and resumed training in Kirkby. However, Bajcetic continued to train with the first team, as reported Echo of Liverpool.
Reporting, “Bajcetic was once again with Klopp’s two-time winners on Monday as they went out to train in the searing heat of Merseyside and given his level of inexperience within the squad, he is the player 17-year-old that fitness trainer Andreas Kornmayer was tasked with carrying the drinks crate onto the pitches at the start of the session.”
The Spaniard also had the opportunity to touch gloves with some early regulars, adding “As part of a three-team exercise designed both to develop the pressing instinct of those without the ball and the composure of those with the ball, Bajcetic was part of the “yellow team” on Monday alongside Nat Phillips, Fabio Carvalho and Luis Diaz.
It’s small drills like this that will prove important in adapting to the intense demands of the first team set up under Klopp and assistant boss Pep Lijnders, who is known for devising numerous training plans.”
With the 17-year-old showing a glimpse of the talent to come, it’s clear to see why there was so much interest in his signing.
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The Liverpool Echo report further states “A £250,000 deal has been agreed with Celta Vigo as Liverpool have seen Manchester United interested in a teenager capable of playing in both central defense and midfield. “
Due to new regulations, Liverpool almost missed the young Spaniard himself, “club officials were forced to move quickly to bring Bajcetic to Kirkby as the UK prepared to leave the European Union on New Years Day 2021.
Under post-Brexit transfer rules, clubs can no longer sign foreign players under the age of 18, so Liverpool Academy recruitment staff had to act quickly.”
Stefan Bajcetic has a unique skill set, which allows him to play both as a defender and a midfielder in central areas. Liverpool’s key players had a big influence on improving his game.
The report added: “In Virgil van Dijk and Fabinho, in particular, he has two of the best in their position for advice and whatever is gleaned over this summer will be hugely beneficial for the campaign ahead as he aims to take the next step on the ladder.”
With Bajcetic not even 18 yet, the future looks bright for the Spaniard after his first pre-season with Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool.