Liverpool scouts were reported to be in attendance at Anderlecht’s Champions League home tie with Borussia Dortmund last night to watch promising striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, but the Serbian international didn’t quite make the desired impact on the match.
Aged 20, Mitrovic has established himself as one of the brightest prospects in European football since joining Anderlecht from Partizan in August 2013 for €5 million, scoring 16 goals in 32 league games during his first season in Belgium.
Dubbed “the new Zlatan Ibrahimovic” due to his similar attributes, the tall front man has since been linked with a £10 million move to Anfield, although the club will want to see more than what was showcased in the 3-0 defeat before pulling the trigger, based on his statistical performance.
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Tasked with leading the line against the German giants, Mitrovic did have a few bright spots over the course of the 82 minutes he was on the pitch, hitting the post in the 74th-minute after chesting down a weighted ball, but he was afforded few other chances against a resolute Dortmund defence.
His movement off the ball and work-rate were also bright points and, at such a tender age, there is no cause for alarm after just one underwhelming outing, with Liverpool no doubt still keen to secure his signature in the near future.
Nevertheless, despite his undoubted potential, it’s clear that the coveted marksman still needs time before he is up to the task of taking on the Premier League’s best on a regular basis.