Quick links


Liverpool to rival Europe's finest in pursuit of teenage wonderkid

Liverpool have joined a whole host of clubs interesting in signing teen sensation Martin Odegaard.

Many footballers don't get anywhere near first team football until they at least hit 18-years-old, but try telling that to Norway's most talked about player, Martin Odegaard.

At just 15-years-old he is already a regular starter in Tippeligaen side Stromsgodset, and has scored three goals in 12 appearances as the Norwegian season hits its halfway point.

He has been described by the Stromsgodset coaching staff as having, “perhaps the touch of Michael Laudrup and the vision of Pirlo, but with the pace of a winger”, and has attracted scouts from the likes of Real Madrid Barcelona, Manchester United, Manchester City, Celtic, Juventus, PSG and Ajax.

From the few videos we have seen of Odegaard he appears to possess great gaily, balance, strength and confidence for someone of his tender years. You would expect a 15-year-old to lack the bravery to compete at such a high level, but in clips Odegaard is seen taking players on, playing intricate passes and shrugging off the grappling challenges of players almost twice his age.

Such is Odegaard's talent, that he is being spoken about in the same breath as AC Milan's teen star Hachim Mastour, 16, and Barcelona's Alen Halilovic, 18.

A Metro report is claims that Liverpool have stolen the lead in the race to sign the rising star, who was invited to train with Manchester United and Bayern Munich last winter.

Should Liverpool make a move it's suggested that the youngster will cost a fee in the region of £10 million, which would no doubt make him the most expensive 15-year-old ever.

Liverpool's chances of snatching up Odegaard will likely be boosted by the fact that he and his father are both supporters of the club. Although his father, Hans Erik Odegaard, in a recent interview with Norwagian newspaper Verdens Gang, stressed the priority is his son's development.

He said: "We want Martin to develop. "That (development) has been the focus over the years. If you start to think about other things, I think the development comes to a halt."

To see the teenager in action check out the compilation of his best bits below.

FIFA World Cup 2018FIFA 2018 World Cup Russia - click here for all of our coverage...

Register for LIVERPOOL team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch