Liverpool confirm Bajcetic and Scanlon’s catches in teenage double hit

The Reds beat Manchester United for the capture of former Spanish club Celta Vigo, while adding Birmingham City youngster

Liverpool are set to complete the capture of teenage defenders Stefan Bajcetic and Calum Scanlon.

The Reds beat Manchester United for the signing of Bajcetic from Spanish club Celta Vigo, as they snatched Scanlon from Birmingham City’s league outfit.

Both deals are expected to be officially confirmed by the Reds in the new year.

Jurgen Klopp’s side will welcome both players in their Under-18 setup at Merseyside as the Premier League champions continue to look to nurture the best talent of the future within their ranks.

The signing of Bajcetic – reportedly costing around £ 224,000 – not only saw Liverpool beat Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Red Devils but also the looming Brexit regulations.

UK clubs will not be able to sign players under the age of 18 from EU countries due to restrictions on freedom of movement from 2021.

Bajcetic is the son of Srdan Bajcetic, who played for Red Star and Celta Vigo among others in a career that spanned from the early 1990s to 2004.

Scanlon – who had previously confirmed on Instagram that he was set to move to Anfield – meanwhile is arriving from St Andrew’s for a fee of around £ 400,000.

The signing of Bajcetic and that of 15-year-old Scanlon is particularly noteworthy given Liverpool’s more traditional reluctance to invest in academically-level players outside of their own club hierarchy compared to their rivals.

Bajcetic and Scanlon should come to the service of U18 in Kirkby under Marc Bridge-Wilkinson, with a view to moving up to U23 under Barry Lewtas.

Liverpool’s senior side, meanwhile, will face a New Year’s hiatus after Wednesday’s draw against Newcastle, returning to the fight on Monday against high-flying Southampton.

The Reds have lost points in two games trotting now, drawing West Brom and the Magpies, which spoiled their attempts to stretch their lead at the top of the Premier League.

Klopp’s side currently have a three-point advantage over second-placed Manchester United who could tie the game if they beat Aston Villa on Friday.