Could Liverpool have secret weapon to beat Everton to Olaus Jair Skarsem?

Jurgen Klopp manager of Liverpool reacts as Ronald Koeman manager of Everton looks on during the Premier League match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park on December 19, 2016 in...

Both Liverpool and Everton are tracking Rosenborg starlet Olaus Jair Skarsem - along with a number of other Premier League clubs.

Jurgen Klopp manager of Liverpool reacts as Ronald Koeman manager of Everton looks on during the Premier League match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park on December 19, 2016 in...

If you’re a young player looking for a major club that will give you the chance to fulfil your potential, either one of the Merseyside giants should be seen as a tempting destination.

Under Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool have given a platform to countless young players in the last two years with the likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold forcing their way into the first-team while talented prospects such as Emre Can and Roberto Firmino have taken their game to all-new levels.

Everton, meanwhile, have invested greatly in youth, spending around £140 million this summer on potential superstars-in-waiting from Jordan Pickford and Michael Keane to Sandro Ramirez and Nikola Vlasic.

Ronald Koeman, Manager of Everton looks on during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Everton and Sunderland at Goodison Park on September 20, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

Meanwhile, homegrown prospects Tom Davies, Mason Holgate and most recently Jonjoe Kenny have become regulars in Ronald Koeman’s starting XI.

Rosenborg midfielder Olaus Jair Skarsem has a difficult decision to make ahead of the January transfer window, then. ESPN reports that the 19-year-old, who currently plies his trade in the Rosenborg B team, has been watched by both Liverpool and Everton among others.

The Norwegian giants are understood to be reluctant to cash in on one of their prized assets but are bracing themselves for offers. Spanish side Sevilla have been tracking Skarsem’s progress for some time but the report adds that his preference would be to move to England.

But with Liverpool or Everton? Well, the Reds could have a rather substantial advantage over The Blues.

18 Jan 1997:  Stig Inge Bjornebye of Liverpool celebrates after the FA Carling Premiership match against Aston Villa at Anfield in Liverpool, England. Livcerpool won the match 3-0. \...

After all, former Liverpool favourite Stig Inge Bjornebye currently works as Rosenborg’s sporting director and it is these connections that will leave Klopp hopeful of beating Koeman to the punch.

The 46-year-old spent eight years at Anfield, becoming a cult hero among supporters between 1992 and 2000. And Bjornebye could enhance his reputation at Liverpool if he aids them in their pursuit of Skarsem.

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