Liverpool supporters have been making a lot of noise in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their side book their place in the last 16 of the Champions League with a sensational 7-0 victory over Spartak Moscow at Anfield on Wednesday night.
Jurgen Klopp’s men knew that three points in their final group match would secure top spot in Group E while a draw would have been enough for qualification, yet the result was never in doubt as the Reds produced yet another attacking masterclass. A hat-trick from Philippe Coutinho, a brace from Sadio Mane, as well as strikes from Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah sealed a comprehensive win for the hosts, who became the fourth English club to win their Champions League group this season behind Manchester City, Manchester United, and Tottenham.
Thus, there have been several delighted Liverpudlians in the Tavern this week, although they are unlikely to be overly thrilled by a recent report from The Daily Mirror, which suggests that they have failed in their quest to land starlet Perr Schuurs.
The 18-year-old defender came up through the ranks at Dutch second division side Fortuna Sittard to earn his senior debut back in October 2016, from which he has since gone from strength to strength with 39 further first team appearances for the club.
And it’s form which reportedly attracted the interest of Klopp’s Liverpool in recent times, although reports suggest that they have missed out on the youngster’s signature, as he has reportedly signed a deal with Eredivisie giants Ajax from 2018.
And this news is likely to frustrate Reds chief Klopp, as well as several of our resident Liverpudlians, what with Schuurs an extremely highly-rated defender, and one who could well have been the long-term centre-back the Merseyside giants so desperately need in the coming years.
Landlord’s verdict: Perr Schuurs has been making a name for himself in the Netherlands at second tier side Fortuna Sittard, so much so that Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool were reportedly keeping tabs on his progress.
The 18-year-old centre-back may well have been viewed as the next long-term defender at Anfield by Klopp and his coaching team, yet they have reportedly missed out on the Dutchman as reports suggest that he has signed a deal with Ajax.
And while it was always going to be tough for the Reds to convince Schuurs against a move to one of the biggest clubs in his homeland, this is sure to come as a blow to Klopp and the club’s hierarchy, who may well have been looking at young talent in a bid to set the club up for many years of success in the near future.
Liverpool fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!