Is Real Madrid's Martin Odegaard bound for Liverpool?

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Martin Odegaard hasn't enjoyed the best of starts to his career at Real Madrid.

Signed amidst unprecedented hype just over a year ago, the 16-year-old has been stuck between a rock and a hard place ever since in the Spanish capital.

It's an open secret that his Real Madrid Castilla teammates are hugely jealous of a player that trains with the first team all week and then takes his place in the reserve side at the weekend.


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Such an untenable situation cannot be allowed to continue and has meant the Norwegian has few friends amongst his contemporaries.

From a playing perspective too, how can you give a starting berth to someone that hasn't been involved in training ground moves and team talks on how best to beat certain opposition during the week prior to a game against them?

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High hopes

Real do have high hopes for the player but it's completely understandable at this juncture why he would like to move on to pastures new. Even if that's only for half a season.

There's no hope at all of Odegaard breaking into the senior picture before the beginning of next season at the very earliest and with that in mind, a move elsewhere is beneficial to all parties.

But where will he and his immaculate skill-set end up? There will certainly be no shortage of takers from around Europe and if Jurgen Klopp is looking for some youthfulness to add to his exciting squad, he need look no further than Odegaard.

The player himself won't take any persuading at all.

Dream club

When he was being courted as a 15-year-old, Odegaard was happy to note that Liverpool were his dream club, albeit that wouldn't influence where he moved to.

True to his word, he plumped for Real Madrid despite the attentions of the Reds and others.

The landscape has now changed significantly however, and the player just needs minutes at the top level to get him used to the rigours of combat in one of Europe's major leagues.

With pace to burn and great balance and vision, he is certainly someone that is comfortable on the ball and prepared to run at defences.

Klopp is known to prefer what he calls "high-octane" football and Odegaard would be completely at home playing in such a manner.


The question for the German is whether he feels the 17-year-old - as he will be by January - is good enough to make a difference in his evolving side. There's little point in taking the player for him only to sit on the bench or worse still, get stuck in the reserves again.

It would be an education playing under Klopp, one of the brightest coaches in the English Premier League despite the hype surrounding his appointment.

Having trained at Melwood last year, Odegaard knows the setup and how things work on the red half of Merseyside.

He also knows that he has to move so perhaps the seduction of Klopp starts now.

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