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Barcelona youngster back on Liverpool radar as Ajax say no

Bojan Krkic

Bojan Krkic is in-line for a move to the Premier League with Liverpool after Ajax opted against bringing the Spaniard to Amsterdam on a permanent deal.

Brendan Rodgers has developed a reputation for resurrecting the career of many a young player during his time at Liverpool but, if rumours are to be believed, he may have set his sights on arguably his biggest challenge yet: Bojan Krkic.

Seen as one for the future during his early days at Barcelona under Frank Rijkaard and later Pep Guardiola, the 23-year-old has endured a difficult few years in the game, after a series of unsuccessful loan spells across Europe.

It had started so well for the Barca academy graduate, who impressed during his debut season with the Catalan club’s first-team, scoring 12 goals in 48 appearances over the 2007-08 season.

Bojan’s two subsequent campaigns with Barcelona were similarly solid, with the young forward hitting double figures for goals in both seasons.

However everything changed in the 2010-11 campaign, with the Spaniard finding himself well down the pecking order behind the likes of Lionel Messi, David Villa and fellow B team graduate Pedro Rodriguez.

Soon enough, he was deemed surplus to requirements, moving to AS Roma on a season-long loan deal that included an option to buy.

But when the Italian’s decided against a move, following a return of just seven goals in 33 games, Bojan found himself back at Barcelona and once again unwanted, with the forward moving to Milan on another temporary deal.

Lacking confidence despite a blistering start to his career at the Nou Camp, the youngster managed three goals in 19 stop-start appearances for the Rossoneri before another return to La Liga and another loan move to Amsterdam.

Ajax, at least, have given Bojan a chance to get back to doing what he does best and what he loves most: playing football.

Deployed out wide on numerous occasions by manager Frank De Boer, the 23-year-old has honed his craft as a footballer, even contributing some memorable goals along the way, including a screamer in a 3-0 win over Twente and a goal in their final-day draw with NEC.

But that hasn’t been enough to convince Ajax to sign the player permanently, with the club today announcing that they would not be pursuing a deal.

This could clear the way for Rodgers to work his magic, with Liverpool previously linked with a move for the former Barcelona man.

Having got the best out of Jordan Henderson this term, while also turning around the fortunes of one-time Inter Milan outcast Philippe Coutinho as well as England favourite Daniel Sturridge, if there is one manager who can get Bojan back to his best, it’s Brendan.

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