By Scott Taylor
Martin Ødegaard is the latest player to be linked with a move to Premier League giants Liverpool. Ødegaard, 15, made his history last week as he became the youngster ever player to play in the European Championships. The Norwegian international has had trials at Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Stuttgart, but reportedly has his heart set on a move to Merseyside.
Ødegaard came on as a 64th minute substitute in Norway’s 2-1 win was in their squad for their qualifier with Malta. His manic ten months in international football started in January 2014, when he represented Norway at Under 17 level alongside USA, France and Scotland in a tournament based in Turkey. After that, he was selected to play in Norway’s Under 21 side in their 2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifier with France.
Ødegaard needed just one match with the Under 21s before he got his chance with the national side, and needed just three games of international football before Norway decided that he is good enough to represent the first team.
The exciting prospect plays in the Norwegian League for Strømsgodset and made his debut in April 2014 against Aalesunds FK and in doing so he became the youngest player in the Norwegian League. He also became the youngest goalscorer in the Norwegian League when he scored Strømsgodset’s fourth in a 4–1 home victory against Sarpsborg 08 FF. This was in May, and in July, he turned heads when he scored one and assisted another in his sides win over Sandnes Ulf. In August, he made further headlines as he created all three goals in Strømsgodset’s 3-2 over IK Start.
Overall Ødegaard has made 21 appearances for Strømsgodset in his six months as a professional, scoring five goals. He has also played 5 games for his country and all levels, and is definitely one for the future.
Importantly, Ødegaard is a Liverpool fan and is reportedly interested in playing for his favourite team, but reports suggest he is waiting to see if manager Brendan Rodgers is interested in him before making any decisions about his future.