(Video) Watch: Stefan Bajcetic’s stunning highlights vs Everton, he’s a generational talent
Stefan Bajcetic dropped an absolute masterclass in the Merseyside derby win over Everton on Monday night and his highlights make for wonderful viewing.
Mo Salah and Cody Gakpo each scored goals as Liverpool secured their first victory of 2023. The latter scored his first goal for the Reds.
After a terrible run of form, Jurgen Klopp’s team desperately needed this victory and performance.
Salah named the diminutive midfielder Bajcetic the team’s “best player” ever since he entered the lineup despite their recent troubles.
And in his most recent appearance at Anfield, he put on an incredible show in the middle of the field.
The young Spaniard’s ability to handle the physicality of Idrissa Gueye, Amadou Onana, and Abdoulaye Doucoure frightened Jamie Carragher.
But he performed admirably, earning the Liverpool legend’s Man of the Match award. He was playing under-18 football a year ago, but here he was playing on the big stage with great composure.
But more than simply his remarkable passing range drew people’s attention. When necessary, Bajcetic wasn’t hesitant to mix it up with Everton’s tall midfielders since he had a real bite to him.
When he was substituted late on for Naby Keita, the former Celta Vigo man received a standing ovation from all four corners of the ground.
It was a special performance and one which justifies Liverpool’s decision to hand him a new and improved contract.
And fans waxed lyrical about the youngster, who already looks to be a serious talent
One wrote: “Been covering LFC for more years than I care to remember, but seriously can’t recall an 18 y o showing the sheer composure in a derby that Stefan Bajcetic did tonight…not even Gerrard. Kid reads the game so well too. Has huge future if he develops as he should under Klopp.”
A second said: “It was only right that Stefan Bajcetic departed the field to a rousing ovation tonight. Another magnificent display from him; composed, mature & disciplined. 18 years of age. Bloody hell.”
Another said: “Trent Alexander Arnold started our dominance a few years, he was a positive in a side that was shaky. The same looks to be happening with Stefan Bajcetic.”
A fourth tweeted: “Think a lot of our young players get overhyped, but Stefan Bajcetic is it.”
A fifth opined: “Stefan Bajcetic is only 18 playing his 1st full season and already is our best midfielder right now. This kid is special.”
— Stefan Bajcetic Xtra (@SBMXtra) February 14, 2023
In his post-game interview with Sky Sports, Bajcetic accepted his flowers and acknowledged that it was his greatest performance for Liverpool after being congratulated by Salah.
“Yeah, I would say so,” he said.
“I was really proud and buzzing to be in the derby, we all know it was a very important win for us and now hopefully keep going.
“It’s crazy to be fair, I always say a year ago I was playing under 18s football and now playing at Anfield and that’s happened in just one year, it’s so crazy but I’m enjoying it a lot.”