Ajax starlet, Christian Eriksen is a serious target for Liverpool manager, Kenny Dalglish, as the Anfield club looks to build on the signings of Carroll and Suarez. Director of football strategy, Damien Comolli, is thought to be very interested in the precocious midfielder, who would cost over €12 million.
After a dazzling performance last night against England, Ajax’s prodigiously talented young midfielder has no doubt caught the eye of Europe’s bigger clubs. Kenny Dalglish has sent scouts to the Netherlands already this season to track the progress of the highly-rated youngster, whose value will no doubt have increased thanks to a star-turn in his country’s 2-1 loss yesterday.
The young Dane is still only 18, is a first-team regular at Ajax and already has 11 caps – a record that highlights his amazing potential. As England found out last night, Eriksen has great ability on the ball, with pinpoint passing and crossing a speciality. In addition, he has an uncanny ability to find time and space, often drifting into dangerous areas un-noticed. The youngster’s attributes have seen him compared to the great Dane, Michael Laudrup, while former manager Martin Jol has pointed out similarities with Dennis Bergkamp and Wesley Sneijder,
“AC Milan were not interested in Jari Litmanen, Dennis Bergkamp, Wesley Sneijder or Rafael van der Vaart when they were 17 years old. They are in Eriksen”
Despite Liverpool’s interest however, Eriksen’s international manager, Morten Olsen, believes that the attacking midfielder would be better off at Ajax for now,
“For the moment he is in the right place at Ajax to develop into a top player. It is too early for him to move to the Premier League and play so many games at that level. Not everybody can play so many games with the strength the Premier League demands. Maybe in five years you will see him in the Premier League”
If the young Dane continues to impress in Holland, Europe and on the international stage, it seems inevitable that a big money move to England, Spain or Italy will follow, sooner rather than later. Kenny Dalglish will no doubt have the success of Jan Molby in mind, who himself was an up-and-coming young Dane when he became a regular in Dalglish’s Liverpool side of the 80s; and with Steven Gerrard edging towards the end of his career, Cristian Eriksen could be the central midfielder to fill his boots.
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