Liverpool are eyeing a move for Norwegian prospect Andreas Schjelderup, with Arsenal also said to be in for the FC Nordsjaelland star.
What’s the word?
That is according to SportBible, who have relayed a report from TeamTalk claiming that the two English sides are monitoring Schjelderup, who is valued at around £17.5million as per the report.
The piece also suggests that Sevilla already had a bid of £3.5million rejected by the Danish Superliga side, with bids from a host of Europe’s elite anticipated for the star who’s contract ends in the summer of 2024.
A wonderkid that Klopp will love
Quite simply, Schjelderup is a “wonderkid”, as dubbed by the admins at Goal News on Twitter, who Jurgen Klopp could get the best out of.
The 18-year-old was already a desirable asset, having had trials with Bayern Munich, Juventus and Ajax. And Liverpool knew this too, having offered him a contract to which the Norwegian rejected as he favoured a move to play first-team football for Nordsjaelland, rather than playing academy football.
Since that decision, he has not looked back, having scored five goals in ten Superligaen appearances, for what is his third season of professional football.
The Nordsjaelland star is versatile among the attacking positions, which will appeal to Klopp even more, with Schjelderup able to play as a centre-forward, attacking midfielder and left-winger – in what is a similar vein to Arsenal’s Martin Odegaard.
Of course, there is five years difference between the two and with how prolific Schjelderup has been this season, it is scary to even comprehend how good he can be in five years’ time.
The 18-year-old’s decision to play regular first-team football in a top-flight league has paid dividends so far. He could have quite easily been plying his trade for Liverpool’s academy teams, yet he chose to be brave a take a calculated risk that has seen him develop into Norway’s next big prospect.