After a man-of-the-match display against Inter Milan in Liverpool's inaugural NextGen fixture of 2012-13 the Hungarian creative midfielder Krisztian Adorjan could be yet another young prospect for the future at Anfield.
While Liverpool have begun the process of calling up many a youth team player to the first-team fold in recent weeks, in particular for the Europa League fixtures the knock on effect reverberates through the structure of the club. While Raheem Sterling continues to shine for the first team and many other players get their opportunity in the side it gives other youngsters a similar opportunity lower down the ranks to make a similar mark.
Liverpool sacrificed a large bulk of what would have been a very dangerous NextGen side for the game with reigning champions Inter Milan this week and the knock on effect was one man taking that opportunity by the scruff of the proverbial neck by bagging an away day brace in an impressive all round display.
Despite both goals coming from set-pieces, the second a curling free-kick, the overall play of Krisztian Adorjan would have been very pleasing for Liverpool fans hoping to see a possible talent for the future. Not to have his first name confused with former Liverpool academy player Kristjan Gauti Emilsson the Hungarian 19-year-old arrived at Liverpool from MTK Budapest; following in the footsteps of fellow compatriots Peter Gulacsi and Krisztian Nemeth, who now plays for Roda JC in the Dutch Eredivisie.
Adorjan plays just off the striker as his main role but it also capable of dropping into a deeper lying midfield role as he has demonstrated for the reserve side last season. His main asset is his vision and passing ability, being well known for his astonishing assist ratio of 18 in 23 appearances.
With his quick thinking, technical ability and passing range he fits the bill of a Brendan Rodgers player immensely and really stood out amongst the Liverpool team as the main man during the tie with Inter Milan. As a player he will look to emulate another former MTK graduate and Hungarian legend Nandor Hidegkuti with a similar playing style to the dynamic creative midfielder of the Magical Magyar era.
The belief in his potential is clear and Brendan Rodgers showed it by involving him on their pre-season tour of America where he made his debut against Toronto and then featured once more against Roma just four days later.
Krisztian Adorjan is just another one of Liverpool’s many talented youngsters and after his NextGen exploits he may force his way into the next Europa League match-day squad.
What do you think of Adorjan? Is he talented enough to one day make the grade?