It did not take Stefan Bagcitic, long to make his mark with Liverpool, and respond to skeptics after the Reds signed him in February 2021 from Celta Vigo.
The player who can play in the position of midfield and central defense, made a good impression on coach Jurgen Klopp, in the pre-season preparation period, which made him count on him as a substitute against Bournemouth for the first time in August in the Premier League.
Jurgen Klopp’s confidence in the young player continued, as he became the youngest player in the history of Liverpool to sit on the bench in the Champions League, against Ajax, and then he was 17 years, 10 months and 22 days.
With his continued development and maturity, and Klopp’s confidence, Bagcitic is expected to become one of the pillars of the Reds’ midfield in the future.
In the next report from Goal, we will learn more about the young talent of Liverpool, Stefan Bagcitic.
the beginning of it all
It is clear that the talent and love of football runs in the Bagcetic family, as Stefan’s father was a professional player who played for many clubs such as Red Star and Braga during a career that spanned 12 years. seasons with Celta.
When Stefan Bajcetic reached the age of nine, Celta Vigo announced his contract, after following him during his participation in a youth academy, and Alex Otero, Celta Vigo Academy coordinator, expressed his admiration for the player, his strength and his fighting spirit on the field.
Otero told Goal, “The influence of Stefan’s father is clearly visible on the player. He respects his colleagues and coaches. I think that one of the keys to Stefan’s success is the great work that his father did with him.”
He continued: “He was a top-level player, and the important thing is that he was loved by his teammates and everyone at the club. He was one of the best players in his age group.”
Having caught the eye with Celta Vigo, and with the youth teams of the Spanish national team, it was expected that the top clubs would flock to him in the end.
Indeed, in the winter of 2020, many English Premier League clubs showed their desire to obtain the player’s signature, before England exited the European Union, and Manchester United and Chelsea were at the top of those clubs that wanted to sign Stefan, in addition to clubs from the Spanish League such as Atletico Madrid and Seville. .
But Liverpool stormed the race, and settled the deal in his favor for 250 thousand euros, and the player officially moved to Anfield Castle in February 2021.
Otero said in statements to the newspaper “The Athletic” earlier: “The player’s family was convinced that Liverpool was the best destination for Stefan, as he is a team that takes care of young people well. The family chose to join their son to Liverpool because of the strength of his academy.”
Stefan began his career with the Liverpool U-16 team, and by the end of the 2020-21 season, he was a key player in the U-18 team in the center of defense, to say the player on his club’s official website: “It was difficult to leave my family and friends and the place where I grew up, But I love football and that is my dream.”
In the following season, Stefan appeared in the UEFA Youth Champions League, against Atletico Madrid and Porto, and in November 2021 the player was called to train with the first team, for the first time in his history, after he caught the attention of Jurgen Klopp and his assistant staff.
“We were happy when we discovered Stefan’s talent. We were looking for a young player who can play in the No. 6 position. We hope that the player will develop and be essential in our team,” said Bigen Legenders, one of the coaches in coach Jurgen Klopp’s coaching staff.
Things are going well
Stefan continued to shine and joined the Under-21 team, in addition to participating at times in first-team training.
But his injury at the end of the 2021-22 season was not an obstacle to his development to achieve his dream. Klopp and his assistants trusted him, and decided to take him in the preparatory round for the new season, and he participated in some friendly matches at Anfield before the start of the current season.
He was already on the bench for his first three Premier League games, until the decisive moment came in the fourth round against Bournemouth, in the last 20 minutes of the match when he came on as a substitute for Jordan Henderson, and he continued to shine to get some minutes in September against Ajax in the Champions League.
Its biggest strengths
It’s not hard to pinpoint Stefan’s biggest strengths, he’s a good footballer, does the basics right, but has a composure and awareness well beyond his age, as all his coaches testify.
Otero continued his talk about him and said: “He has a great presence on the field, he has a great ability to control the play under pressure, when we signed him at Celta Vigo, the first thing I noticed on him was his physical strength, he had great strength, which helps him to Standing out in modern football.
While Willinckson, the Liverpool Under-18 coach, says: “We’ve worked with him a lot, Stefan is a very talented player, he’s a good passer and he has a tremendous ability to recover the ball.”
Will Fabinho be next with Liverpool?
Could Stefan Bajcetic, Fabinho’s successor at Liverpool, be a huge honour, as Fabinho has won all the trophies with the Reds and has proven himself as one of the best defensive midfielders in the world.
On his comparison with Fabinho, the young player said: “The way Fabinho plays, I think, is the best, but it is difficult for me to play like him. I just try to learn from him and follow him in training, and learn how to position himself on the field and how he puts pressure on opponents.”
In the end, if Stefan Bagcitic continues, as it is, the Liverpool administration will be the happiest, with a distinguished star as a front valve in the middle of the team’s field for a long time.