It’s been a long time since Ajax have been at the forefront of the European football spotlight, and this season has shown just how brilliant the iconic Dutch side can be at times.
Erik ten Hag’s side have been the story of the Champions League this season, knocking out both Real Madrid and Juventus and looking on course to do the same against Tottenham in the semi-finals of the competition, and the club have been praised time and time again for their strategy of playing players from the academy and turning them into superstars, and one who has caught the eye is defender Matthijs de Ligt.
De Ligt has been a player who has long been in the spotlight for football fans since his breakout season with Ajax when the centre-back was just 16-years-old, and now the Dutch international is looking likely to leave his boyhood club this summer, and Liverpool have him on their radar.
According to Dean Jones of Bleacher Report back in March, Liverpool are keen on de Ligt should the defender not move to Barcelona this summer. Obviously, with international teammate Virgil van Dijk establishing himself as one of the best defenders in the world on Merseyside, the addition of the teenage superstar would complete Jurgen Klopp’s defence.
The prospect of Liverpool’s already watertight defence getting even better is something that sounds incredible for Reds fans and just plain unfair for everyone else, but with de Ligt stating in the past he enjoys playing with van Dijk it could be a real possibility, and Klopp would never have to worry about defending again.
The duo are impressive on the international stage for Holland, and on a domestic level, the centre-backs would continue to build a strong connection with each other and form one of the best defensive pairings in world football.
De Ligt has what it takes to be one of the best defenders in world football, and a move to Liverpool would be the perfect next step alongside his international partner van Dijk.
Liverpool fans, would de Ligt be van Dijk’s perfect partner? Let us know!
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