At just 15 years of age, Martin Odegaard is among the most sought-after talents in European football.
Despite not yet being old enough to sit his GCSEs, buy a lottery ticket or get married, the Stromgodset starlet could soon be arriving on British shores ready to forge a career with one of the Premier League’s prestigious clubs.
Liverpool, it would appear, have surged to the front of the pack in the race to secure Odegaard’s signature, with there only a few hurdles left to negotiate.
The talented teenager has changed his tune over the course of the past fortnight, with his ‘dreams’ having shifted to leave Brendan Rodgers’ men in pole position.
Odegaard had previously claimed that it was not a ‘dream to play for them’, but has now been speaking to the German media and revealed that ‘Liverpool have always been my dream club’.
Just to confuse matters, and leave Rodgers sweating a little, he then goes on to say that a move to Merseyside may not ‘necessarily’ be best for his career development, but he is definitely nudging the door open to Anfield.
Odegaard told Sport Bild: "Liverpool have always been my dream club. But I will not let this affect my decision when I choose a new club.
"It's all about finding the team that is best for me and for my development. That is not necessarily Liverpool.
"I haven't really thought about my future yet. I will end the season here and then visit a number of clubs. I have not made a final decision yet, though.
"Of course, it's flattering when you hear that big clubs are after you, but I don't think about it too often."
Rodgers recently branded Odegaard – who has already made his senior debut for Norway – a ‘wonderful talent’, suggesting that he is a player very much in his thoughts.
It would be quite a coup for Liverpool were they to land the youngster, given that he has recently spent time with Bayern Munich, Stuttgart and Real Madrid.
News that they remain an attractive proposition to the brightest young talent on the continent will be music to the Reds’ ears, even when taking into account the obvious level of risk involved in placing so much faith in a player who still has everything to prove.