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.
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.
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.