Stefan Bajcetic has established himself in the centre of Liverpool’s midfield this season. The former Celta Vigo youth player joined the Reds two years ago when he was 16 and has been an ever-present in Jurgen Klopp’s side since Thiago Alcántara’s injury.
As reported by AS, the 18-year-old’s progression has caught the attention of Spain manager Luis de la Fuente, who will watch him at Anfield on Tuesday night when Liverpool take on Real Madrid in the Champions League.
His father, ex-footballer Srdjan Bajcetic, who played for Red Star, is still hopeful that his son will choose to play for Serbia.
Bajcetic, a native of Galicia, has already been called up to Spain’s Under-18 squad under Pablo Amo, De la Fuente’s assistant, and the challenge from the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) is that he will choose to play for Spain.
It is very likely that he will be included in the next call-up to the national team, and if he doesn’t play for the senior team, it will be with the Under-21s.
Second youngest Spaniard to score in the Premier League
At 18, he is already the second youngest Spaniard to score in the Premier League, behind Cesc Fabregas. He is also the third youngest player to score for Liverpool in Premier League history, and is behind only Michael Owen and Raheem Sterling.
In addition to the above, for De la Fuente an important call-up as Stefan Bajcetic can play in midfield and also as a central defender, a position in which he played in Celta’s youth teams before being scouted by Liverpool.
Kieran Quaile | GSFN