It’s easy to say that Matthijs de Ligt is one of the most exciting defenders to emerge this century.
The 19-year-old Ajax defender has been a mainstay for the Dutch side since his breakthrough season three years ago, and now it’s finally looking like de Ligt will be moving on from the Amsterdam-based club.
His list of achievements at such a young age is astonishing from being the youngest Ajax captain ever to being the youngest player to ever feature in a European final, and for former Holland international Mario Melchiot, there’s only one club de Ligt should be heading to this summer.
Melchiot told talkSPORT via the Daily Express that Liverpool would be an ideal club for the teenager, with international partner Virgil van Dijk the main reason behind the former Chelsea player’s reasoning for the destination.
The retired defender said: “My boys at Ajax are of course going to try and hold onto him for as long as they can. But they know they’re coming into a difficult situation with de Ligt.
“The way he’s playing right now, I think if Liverpool were smart they’ll go after him. De Ligt and van Dijk, those two together would be a great partnership.”
So what would the potential consequences be of de Ligt heading to Liverpool?
Liverpool finally win Premier League title
With the world’s most promising defender playing alongside one of the best defender’s in world football, Liverpool will without question be one of the hardest teams in Europe to break down, and it could be what sends the Reds to the Premier League title at last.
This season has seen van Dijk establish himself as the difference between Liverpool being underdogs for the title to being main contenders for the trophy that has eluded them for so long, and if Jurgen Klopp is to add de Ligt into his ranks, it could be what tips the Merseyside club over the line.
Liverpool’s defence this season has been one of the best in England, and with de Ligt, it will become one of the best in world football.
Jurgen Klopp leads generation-defining team
With the defence locked in for the next five years, Klopp will now have all the tools necessary to take Liverpool all the way to the top in both England and in Europe, and in doing so will lead a team that could define a generation.
De Ligt will be a central figure for Liverpool for years to come, and with the likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson only going to get better as they develop more as players, the Reds will dominate the continent and find it hard to be unmatched on the field.
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