Martin Odegaard pictured in Liverpool restaurant after Merseyside tour

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Liverpool are hoping to secure the signature of in-demand teenager Martin Odegaard after inviting the Norwegian sensation to Merseyside for a tour of the club's training ground and other facilities.

The Daily Mail reports that the 15-year-old midfielder touched down in the North West of England with his father on Wednesday, and took the opportunity to take a look around Anfield, Melwood and the bustling city centre.

Brendan Rodgers had given the majority of his first-team squad and backroom staff the day off as reward for Tuesday's valuable 3-1 victory over Leicester City at the King Power Stadium, but the Liverpool complex was still open as usual for Odegaard to view.

As rumours spread across social media Liverpool fans could be forgiven for growing increasingly excited about the prospect of signing the starlet - who celebrates his 16th birthday on December 17 - particularly given the widespread interest in securing his services.

Manchester United and Real Madrid have already made contact with Odegaard, who became the youngest ever player to feature in a European Championship qualifier in the first of his three international caps at the age of 15 years and 300 days.

Chelsea were previously mooted as admirers as well, until Jose Mourinho effectively ruled the Blues out of what he described as a 25-club battle, meaning that Stamford Bridge is no longer considered as a potential destination.

His current club Stromsgodset are already resigned to the fact they are likely to lose the teen talent, though, as a result of being unable to secure him to a professional contract due to his age, especially now that a number of top European clubs are tracking his progress across the continent.

And, after pictures emerged of Odegaard (above) and his dad supposedly dining out in Liverpool with Kop idol Philippe Coutinho, it's now suggested that the Reds have won the race heading into 2015.

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