Liverpool are showing ‘strong interest’ in bringing Ajax defender Pers Schuurs to Anfield in January, according to reports.
Schuurs on Anfield radar
The 20-year-old has been linked with a move to Anfield in recent weeks after he impressed against the Reds when the two teams faced off against each other in the Champions League.
Schuurs has been likened to a young Virgil van Dijk and was described as a “leader” by former Manchester City goalkeeper Ronald Waterreus when he was playing at Fortuna Sittard (cited by Tribal Football).
The 6 foot 3 centre-back was formerly a trialist at Anfield before he was allowed to continue his development in the Netherlands, and CalcioMercato (via Sport Witness) suggest they are showing a ‘strong interest’ in bringing him back to Merseyside in a senior role.
Schuurs has started every game in all competitions under Erik ten Hag this season and is quickly becoming a key asset for De Godenzonen (Whoscored), stepping into the shoes that Matthijs de Ligt left when he moved to Juventus in 2019 for £67.5m.
The report added that the Holland U21 international is valued at €30m (£26.8m) with his contract due to expire in 2022.
Transfer Tavern take
Acquiring Schuurs in January may be a tall order for Jurgen Klopp, with Ajax top of the Eredivisie standing and in a strong position in the Champion League to progress into the latter stages of the competition.
But with the catastrophic injuries to Virgil van Dijk and potentially Joe Gomez, the Reds must obtain reinforcements sooner rather than later.
Joel Matip is their only established centre half available for selection at this time but has his own wretched injury history. Their injury crisis is dire and they may have to move away from Schuurs for the time being, unless they are willing to spend big to bring him to Anfield.
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