Stefan Bajcetic, the youngest Liverpool Champions League player
Stefan Bajcetic arrived on the pitch against Ajax in the Champions League tie as he marked a significant feat in the Reds record books.
The 17-year-old is impressing at Liverpool with coaches believing, the teenager is ahead of his expected development at Anfield.
Liverpool boss Klopp is enduring a rough time with his midfield options as too many injury issues result in underwhelming results so far in the season. The Anfield club is in need of light in the middle of the park, although that could be Jude Bellingham. However, he is expected to arrive from Bundesliga next summer.
Yet, the Reds do already have a young talent in the form of Stefan Bajcetic.
Bajcetic, son of Srdjan Bajectic a former Celta Vigo player. Liverpool signed the Spanish teenager back in January 2021 from Celta Vigo.
Moreover, the teenager has achieved a major feat as he becomes Liverpool’s youngest ever Champions League player.
Stefan Bajcetic becomes Liverpool’s youngest Champions League player
Liverpool boss Klopp appears to like Bajcetic, who possesses versatility. The teenager is a holding midfielder but can play in right-back and center-back positions too.
The 17-year-old has caught the eyes of many for his excellent pre-season this term. Furthermore, he became a regular in Liverpool playing squad amid to injury crisis.
At the age of 17 years, 10 months, and 22 days, Bajcetic recorded an incredible feat for Liverpool as he became the Reds’ youngest ever Champions League player in the game against Ajax.
Earlier, Phil Charnock (17 years, seven months, and two days), Raheem Sterling (17 years, seven months, and 25 days) and Michael Owen (17 years, nine months, and two days) were the youngest to feature in the continent for the club.
In the 9-0 battering to Bournemouth, he made his debut in Premier in 20 minutes cameo replacing captain Jordan Henderson.
Apart from his cameos against Bournemouth and Ajax, Bajcetic has been on the bench eight times.
Liverpool doesn’t want to rush Bajcetic into major first-team action until he turns 18 next month.
However, Liverpool boss Klopp and his staff know they have a young real talent in the team. Moreover, don’t get surprised if Bajcetic knocks on the first-team door more often this season.