Jurgen Klopp must add defensive reinforcements to his squad during the upcoming summer transfer window.
The German finally found the answers to Liverpool’s defensive woes by building a formidable defence centred around Virgil van Dijk. Both Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold have blossomed into crucial first team players whilst Alisson Becker’s impact has been massive since joining from Roma. Van Dijk’s long-term partner in defence remains uncertain.
Joe Gomez had performed admirably before picking up an injury against Burnley – another long setback for the youngster. Both Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip have chequered injury histories which has forced Klopp to use Fabinho in defence on occasion. It’s clear the Reds need to add another quality defender to their ranks.
One man Klopp should be targeting is Ajax wonderkid – Matthijs de Ligt. Valued at £58.5m by Transfermarkt, the Dutchman now captains the club after graduating from their famous youth academy. He is widely regarded as one of the club’s best ever youth prospects after establishing himself as one of the top defenders in the Eredivisie.
The youngster has been tipped to move to one of Europe’s elite in the future and partnering him with his international team-mate van Dijk would be a masterstroke from Liverpool. Indeed, he is an excellent defender but also excels with the ball at his feet. The 19-year-old displays a wonderful range of passing for a defender, allowing him to start attacks from the back – such quality on the ball allows him to fill in at defensive midfield if necessary making him a useful option to have at Klopp’s disposal. His vast amount of experience at such a young age should mean that adapting to life in England shouldn’t be a problem.
It would take a mammoth fee to lure him from Holland, however, Liverpool’s defence would be complete for years to come if Klopp could convince the starlet to move to Merseyside. Indeed, even former Dutch international Rene van der Gijp urged him to move to Anfield (as per the Liverpool Echo) earlier this month.
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