Steven Gerrard has compared 16-year-old Edvard Tagseth to Liverpool’s veteran utility man James Milner.
The teenager played superbly at left wing-back in the Under-19s’ recent UEFA Youth League win over Maribor – with their result mirroring the first-team’s 3-0 win.
Tagseth is naturally a midfielder, but is being used in various positions by Gerrard, who took time after the game to laud the youngster this week.
“I can trust him,” Gerrard said after the Maribor win, cited in the Echo. “If I asked Eddie to play in goal he’d do a good job, and he’s only four foot two!
“He’s that type of person, he’s in the James Milner mould. He’s left footed but you could play him right back or right wing if you wanted.
“Eddie does exactly what it says on the tin, he’s one of those players. I love having him, love coaching him, and he’s got a big future.”
Having seen some of the Norwegian wonderkid, we can confirm that he’s got plenty of potential.
In a way, he reminds us of Marco Verratti, because he can manipulate his small frame to get himself between opponents and the ball – before playing slick passes between the lines.
If he ends up anywhere near as good as the Italian though, we’ll be laughing!