Brighton 2 – 1 Liverpool – The FA Cup Man Of The Match
With a new long-term contract secured this week, it is a positive step for an underwhelming midfield. His composure, reading of the game, intelligence, and decision making is far beyond his tender years.
In the middle of two controlling players, he offered stability and a shield to a defence that needs that screen right now. His standing above Fabinho & Henderson right now is telling for both senior players, yet the 18-year-olds continuing form cannot be ignored.
In a game that was there to be won, it was his managers choice to take off the controlling assets that cost the reds this tie.
With Liverpool needing at least three new midfielders this summer, Stefan Bajčetić could well see that number reduce to two, if his ascendancy continues.