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Steven Gerrard sends message to commend the performance of an 18 yrs old Liverpool player after Everton’s defeat



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Steven Gerrard sends message after he was shocked by the way the 18 yrs old Liverpool midfielder held his position when they faced Everton.

Stefan Bajcetic was a standout player in Liverpool’s Merseyside derby triumph over Everton.

Stefan Bajcetic

Steven Gerrard was impressed with Stefan Bajcetic’s all-action performance in the Merseyside derby triumph at Liverpool on Monday night.

The 18-year-old has been a midfield revelation for Jurgen Klopp’s side since taking his first-team break this season, securing a regular place in the starting XI at the expense of veteran professionals like Fabinho and Jordan Henderson.

Bajcetic was a shining light for Liverpool in an otherwise unforgettable season, delivering performances that possessed a level of maturity far beyond his years. The teenager’s progress over the past few months has been such that he was rewarded with a long-term contract last month.

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The Spaniard made his presence felt once again and was named Man of the Match on Monday night after playing a key role in the vital three points the Reds netted at home. Fans are now in no doubt that Bajcetic will serve as the club’s first-team option, with some comparing his recent performance at Steven Gerrard to his Liverpool debut.

It appears Gerrard himself is smitten with the ex-Celta Vigo star, evidenced by the reaction from the official Instagram account of Liverpool legends the Reds after the game. Gerrard left a comment on the club’s post praising Bajcetic, adding a fire and applause emoji to sum up his thoughts.

Asked after the derby if this was his best collective performance in his time at the club, Bajcetic told Sky Sports: “I would say that. We all knew it was a very important win for us and now we hope to continue and win more matches.

It’s crazy, to be honest! I always say a year ago I was playing with the under 18s and now I play [at] Anfield. It’s just happened in a year and it’s so crazy. I really like it here.

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Liverpool made three changes to their 24-man Champions League squad in the second half of the season, including Cody Gakpo, Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

The Reds have made full use of their three allocated changes, including their January signing and midfield duo, who were both ruled out in the first half of the season through injury.

Luis Diaz is also included as he continues to recover from knee surgery. The Colombian is expected to return in March so he’s unlikely to face Real Madrid in the round of 16.

With Gakpo, Keita and Oxlade-Chamberlain all included, Liverpool have sidelined Calvin Ramsay and Arthur Melo, while Stefan Bajcetic drops to the B-list after two years as a Reds player. Rhys Williams and Kaide Gordon also join the B-list, while Luke Chambers is removed after joining Kilmarnock on loan.

In total, this means that there have been five additions to the combined picklists (Gakpo/Keita/Oxlade-Chamberlain/Williams/Gordon), with two players retiring (Ramsay/Melo) and one moving on (Chambers ).

Ramsay made his Liverpool debut in the Champions League against Napoli in November, but has been limited to just two appearances through injury since he completed his summer move from Aberdeen. With James Milner and Joe Gomez able to play at right-back, Klopp made the decision to drop the 19-year-old.

Meanwhile, Arthur made his only Liverpool appearance to date against Napoli in September, coming off the bench in the last 13 minutes as the Reds were defeated 4-1. The Brazilian will undergo thigh surgery in October and will return to training in the coming weeks, but as Klopp has 10 other major midfielders, the decision has been made to leave the Juventus mercenary out.