Liverpool continue to be linked with highly-rated youngster Martin Odegaard. The Reds failed with their previous attempt to bring Odegaard to Anfield when he was just 15-years-old and the suggestion is that we’re now taking a fresh look at him.
The now 20-year-old trained with the Reds back in 2014 but also had spells with Real Madrid and Manchester United before finally making a decision to move to The Bernabéu.
At the time, former Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers knew a deal would be difficult to secure especially when a switch to Spain looked inevitable from the start.
The youngster has proven himself in his home country, Norway, but has so far failed to make an impact with Real Madrid. He is currently on loan at Real Sociedad and remains on the radar of many of Europe’s top clubs despite his career stalling.
As soon as he moved to Spain everything started to go a little bit pair-shaped. He failed to live up to the hype and found himself continually overlooked. Despite Odegaard’s contract with Real Madrid now running until 2023 after the Spanish giants extended it before he left on loan, Odegaard is still being tipped to leave Madrid for a new challenge, although he insists he’s currently happy and focused where he is.
It’s no surprise that clubs remain interested in the young Norwegian. He is still tipped to become the next Nordic star as a result of his performances for Norway. He’s already been capped 22 times by Norway having progressed through the youth ranks, from the Under 15s right through to the Under 21s.
So much excitement and hype surrounds Odegaard back in Norway that the betting industry in the country offers numerous markets when he’s in action. Things such as the number of Odegaard’s assists, goals, headers, and multiple other variables are always being included on the screens of Norwegian sportsbooks. It is that level of attention and pressure that has probably contributed to his lack of progress.
His popularity as a youngster saw immense pressure placed on the Norwegian Football Association to hand him a senior call up despite his age at the time. It came in August 2014 when he was called up for a senior international against the United Arab Emirates in Stavanger. He played the entire goalless draw, becoming the youngest player to play for Norway at senior level at just 15 years and 253 days
He’s done the business for his country and maybe a permanent move to a new club would help him on his way. Real Madrid insist he’s not for sale and that he has a future with them so they would certainly be looking for a decent fee should someone go knocking.
Liverpool have plenty of highly-rated youngsters in their ranks but they will no doubt keep an eye on his situation once his loan deal concludes.
Speaking recently, Odegaard commented: “My intention is to stay (at Sociedad) two years and I think that’s important for me.
“I have had two seasons in a row where I have changed teams. To have some stability is good. This (Real Sociedad) is a great club and hopefully we can get European football for next season.
“Of course I want to play there (Real Madrid) but I’m still young so I’m happy here at the moment.”
Manchester United are also said to have reignited their interest in Odegaard.