"It's ridiculous!" - Liverpool legend slams reaction to chase of Martin Odegaard

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Liverpool legend Mark Lawrenson says the reaction to the club's pursuit of 15-year-old Martin Odegaard is 'ridiciulous'.

Liverpool's season hasn't gone to plan so far, and January additions are widely expected, particularly in defence and attack.

Most of the signings Brendan Rodgers will target will be geared towards an instant impact, but the Reds are also being linked with a move for Stromsgodset's 15-year-old midfielder Martin Odegaard.

Odegaard, tipped as the next Lionel Messi, only hits his 16th birthday later this month, but has attracted interest from the world's biggest clubs in a bid to land a predicted star of the future.

Somehow, Odegaard already has three caps for the Norway senior side, but despite him training with Liverpool last week, Reds legend Mark Lawrenson isn't impressed by their pursuit.

"The fuss over Liverpool taking Norwegian teenager Martin Odegaard on trial is ridiculous. But that’s the era we are in." said Lawrenson.

"Odegaard may well turn out to be a brilliant player. But he’s not even 16. People are putting far too much pressure on him. In the old days, youngsters emerged through word of mouth among people in the game."

"Now every fan wants to say they spotted a young talent first. Listen, if you want to be a scout, join the cubs," he added.

Reports today suggested that Odegaard would choose Ajax in a bid to secure first-team football in his next move, but it's true that a lot is being made of a player who isn't even 16 yet.

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