Serbian starlet Zivkovic set for Liverpool deal

There are some tell-tale signs that will make clubs really take interest in a player such as comparisons to current stars and the club where they have shot to fame.

On this basis, it’s not surprise that there is a lot of interest around Serbian winger Richairo Zivkovic who has already been compared to Arjen Robben despite only being 16.

The Groningen winger has already became the youngest ever player to make an appearance for the club match and is now attracting the interest of several; big European sides such as Liverpool.

Liverpool are keen to sign the 16 year old to help reinforce their young attacking lineup and help build some depth to the squad should Luis Suarez leave the club in the next week or two.

It’s thought that scouts from Anfield have been impressed by the player and that the club are ready to enquire about a possible transfer in the near future.

Groningen have acknowledged that they are going to face a strong battle to try and keep the player at the club especially when so many teams are interested in signing Zivkovic. This was confirmed by club president Hans Nijland who told Serbian newspaper Blic: “All the big clubs in the Netherlands are interested in him but Liverpool scouts are particularly active. They are constantly watching us.”

Since his debut in December, Zivkovic has gone on to make a handful of appearances for Groningen notching up 6 appearances for the team and has already scored twice in the Dutch league.

He has also started to breakthrough onto the national scene having played for the Serbia U19’s side several times in 2013.

But Zivkovic could also represent Holland in the near future with his mother originating from Serbia and his father coming from Holland.

Naturally, Zivkovic would represent The Netherlands having been born in The Netherlands Antilles but opted for Serbia after being approached by the head of the U-19 team.

Liverpool’s interest in Zivkovic has marked a shift towards developing younger players through to the first team with
many younger players already breaking through to the first teams such as Raheem Sterling, Iago Aspas and Jordan Henderson.

The reliance of bringing in younger players such as Zivkovic is a risky strategy but one that Brendan Rodgers and other senior figures hope will fire Liverpool back into the title hunt after being frozen out over the last few seasons

Andrew Roach is writer and editor of A keen Arsenal fan who is always on the pulse of all things at the Emirates!