Time will tell if offering Liverpool starlet a long-term extension was the right decision

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 06: Jurgen Klopp the head coach / manager of Liverpool during the Premier League match between Fulham FC and Liverpool FC at Craven Cottage on August 6, 2022 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 06: Jurgen Klopp the head coach / manager of Liverpool during the Premier League match between Fulham FC and Liverpool FC at Craven Cottage on August 6, 2022 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images) /
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I think the biggest problem at Liverpool right now is the state of their midfield, and it’s not because they don’t have talent in that department. It’s mainly because whatever talent they do have is not enough to pounce on a title challenge. The midfield badly requires some reinforcement, and they also need to get rid of the deadwood.

Saying that, they have a couple of players they can count on, except for the usual starters. Thiago and Fabinho are important players for the Reds, but they have a few youngsters that the club are looking at as potential starters. One of them is Stefan Bajcetic.

Bajcetic has impressed in the limited minutes he has had this season, particularly in the last few games. So much so that the club has renewed his contract.

Liverpool view Bajcetic as a very big part of their future

Granted, Bajcetic has played less than 10 official games for Liverpool this season, which includes a bunch of substitute appearances, the Reds were still right to offer him an extension if they think that the player is good enough to be considered as part of a Liverpool future away from all the deadwood that is currently in the squad.

Having said that, do I personally think Bajcetic has done enough to warrant an extension at Liverpool? Maybe, I don’t know yet. I think he’s been very good so far, but I also think that Liverpool shouldn’t really rush into decisions. I mean, they have now, but whether this was one of those rushed decisions or not, time will tell.

I think it’s a bit too soon to tell if he’s genuinely good enough, because the club has made this mistake in the past with several other players, but I think that if you see that potential in a young player, you have to take the risk.

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Bajcetic’s contract expires in 2027. However, his previous contract was due to expire in 2025 so there was still a lot of time for Liverpool to consider whether they see him as a player to look out for in the future.

However, it’s also better to offer him the contract now and not having to worry about other clubs trying to sign him in the future. One thing is for sure, though; The defensive midfielder’s performances certainly have been good enough to keep him in the conversation, at the very least. Whether he deserved that extension, time will tell.