Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has lavished praise on Norwegian sensation Martin Odegaard, amid on-going speculation surrounding the teenager’s future.
Aged just 15, Odegaard made his first-team debut for local club Stromsgodset in April and has since gone on to score five goals in 22 league appearances, while even earning two senior international caps over the past few months.
Considered a potential world class talent, the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester United, Bayern Munich, Arsenal, Ajax, Chelsea, Manchester City, Inter Milan and Juventus are all reported to be courting his signature along with Liverpool, with the supposed front-runners changing almost week-to-week.
Nevertheless, the promising attacking midfielder is known to be a childhood Reds fan and, while Rodgers refused to discuss a potential transfer at his press conference following the 1-0 Champions League defeat to Real Madrid, he couldn’t resist hailing his budding skills.
‘I know the young player that you're talking about and I won't go in to too much detail because he works and plays for another club,' he said.
‘But I know that he's a big talent for that age to be playing senior football at 15 and in a competitive league.
‘He’s got wonderful ability and wonderful talent, but there’s nothing more to say on him.’
While it remains unclear whether Liverpool have made a concrete approach for Odegaard, Rodgers’ comments at least suggest that the club are well aware of his talents.
Nevertheless, considering he has now been invited to tour the facilities at both Real Madrid and Barcelona, and been in contact with Ajax boss Frank de Boer, the Premier League side will have to hope that his noted affections for them can work to their advantage.