No matter what happens this season, Ajax’s story will be one of the best of the campaign.
The Dutch giants run in the Champions League has been one of the best storylines in football this season, with Ajax already knocking out both the reigning European champions Real Madrid and the favourites for the competition Juventus already, and this has made clubs around the continent take note of some of the stars behind these giant killings.
One of the players to attract attention is midfielder Hakim Ziyech, who scored in both legs against Real Madrid and has been one of Ajax’s best players this season in the league scoring 15 goals and assisting 15 in 26 Eredivisie games, and according to reports Liverpool are interested in the Moroccan international.
The Daily Mail report that Jurgen Klopp’s side, as well as Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal, are all interested in the Ajax playmaker, who is valued at £25 million. With the Reds likely to strengthen this summer, what would the potential consequences be of Liverpool signing Ziyech?
Liverpool gain major threat from the bench
Largely played out on the right wing, Ziyech will likely find most of his game time at Liverpool coming off the bench for Mohamed Salah, and although the Moroccan would prefer it to be starting games, being brought on as a substitute isn’t a bad thing for the attacker.
A fresh Ziyech going at Premier League defenders who have played an hour plus of football is a dangerous weapon for Liverpool to posses. The former FC Twente forward is an all-out attacker who can do everything in the final third, and for Liverpool, his skill set is something that Klopp will be a lot better with than without.
Klopp finds another gem
At £25 million, Ziyech has a case to be one of the bargains of the summer wherever he ends up, and Liverpool have made a reputation for themselves in recent transfer markets of being able to pick up exceptional players for way below their real market value, and the 26-year-old winger could be the next bargain in Klopp’s time on Merseyside.
We have seen Liverpool sign the likes of Andrew Robertson, Georginio Wijnaldum and the aforementioned Salah for cheap fees and drive up their values massively after a season or two, and the same will happen to Ziyech should the club get a deal over the line.