How Liverpool beat Man Utd and BREXIT to £224,000 signing of teenage star now dubbed ‘best’ player | The Sun

How Liverpool beat Man Utd and BREXIT to £224,000 signing of teenage star now dubbed ‘best’ player | The Sun

February 15, 2023

LIVERPOOL'S midfield is an issue at the moment.

But an 18-year-old star could save the club millions in the summer.

Stefan Bajcetic has broken into the Liverpool first-team this season and immediately caught the eye.

Team-mate Mohamed Salah even dubbed Bajcetic as the "best player" at the club since the Spaniard has been part of the first-team.

While the Reds' pursuit of Jude Bellingham is well known, Bajcetic's emergence could save them from splashing the cash on multiple midfielders in the summer.

Bajetic signed for Liverpool in December 2020 aged 16 – with the club beating both Manchester United and Brexit to land his signature.

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The Reds signed Bajcetic before new post Brexit rules came in and amid interest from United and Chelsea, as exclusively revealed by SunSport.

While the Red Devils and Chelsea decided against a move due to fears he wouldn't be allowed into the country, Liverpool swooped.

Prem rules then came into place prohibiting visas for overseas players under the age of 18.

He was Liverpool's last signing under the old rules, costing a bargain £224,000.

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The teenager now has 13 first-team appearances – but does not look out of place in a squad full of stars.

He even scooped Jamie Carragher's Player of the Match award in Monday's 2-0 win over rivals Everton.

And Bajcetic has made quite the impression among his Anfield team-mates.

Egyptian ace Salah told Sky Sports: "He's a great player and person, he always tries to work hard.

"Since he started playing for us, he has been our best player maybe so hopefully he keeps that confidence and keeps going."

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