The rise of Stefan Bajčetić

12th March 2023

If you had told me at the start of the season, that 18-year-old Stefan Bajčetić would become an integral aspect of Liverpool's midfield heading into the business end of the season, I probably would have scoffed in your face.

Well, how wrong am I?

The Spaniard has been a revelation this season as he's made a spot in the Liverpool his.

While the midfield at the club is certainly not up to par with players past their prime and injury prone, the middle of the park certainly needs a revamp but Bajčetić is to become a fixture for years to come.

New contract in January

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The midfielder started to get game time in late , achieving his first start for the club in November, against in the .

He certainly impressed as he began featuring more in the first team and even netted his first senior goal for the club in a 3-1 victory to in the in December.

His impressive play, while his senior partners in midfield were not up to scratch showed just how good the teenager could become.

He was rewarded with a new long-term deal in January with the club believing he could become a special part of 's new revolution, alongside the likes of , , , and .

Style of play

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Bajčetić's style of play is akin to 's Sergio Busquets.

At 6'1 with a thin frame, he's a technically impressive player with brilliant ability on the ball and maintains calmness in a sea of chaos on the pitch.

In Liverpool's 2-0 over , Alisson played an incredibly tricky pass to the 18-year-old, with several Wolves' players ready to pounce if his touch wasn't absolutely perfect.

But of course, it was.

His touch allowed them to escape their clutches and pass the ball along to the touchline.

Still a teenager, he's of course lacking physically but many have said that about Busquets his entire career and he may go down as the greatest defensive midfielder to ever play the beautiful game.

What the summer entails 

Liverpool are certainly going to do major business in the summer transfer window with several midfielders expected to leave and a few expected to arrive.

I believe no matter who comes in, Bajčetić will continue to hold down regular minutes in the first team as his development into a top-class midfielder continues.

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