Ajax starlet Matthijs de Ligt has refused to rule out the possibility of linking up with Dutch international defensive partner Virgil Van Dijk at Liverpool.
de Ligt, a 19-year-old central defender, is widely-regarded as one of, if not the finest young talent on the planet.
Despite his tender years, the gifted stopper has already established himself as a regular at both club level with Ajax, and on the international stage with the Netherlands.
de Ligt’s combination of physique, athleticism, aggression, reading of the game and ability with the ball come together to form the package of a complete, modern centre-half.
In fact, so impressive has the Dutchman been during the early years of his fledgling career, that he was last year named both Ajax’s youngest ever captain, and the first ever-defender to win the Golden Boy award.
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There’s a reason Matthijs de Ligt has plenty of suitors around Europe’s big leagues…
He’s just put Ajax 3-1 up with this… 👇 pic.twitter.com/CEQ8PxCwAx
— Eleven Sports (@ElevenSports_UK) December 2, 2018
de Ligt in-demand
As such, it has come as little surprise to see more-or-less all of European football’s top clubs named as admirers of de Ligt’s talents.
Of the clubs to have been touted as potential destinations for the gifted teen, Barcelona, Manchester City and Juventus have been the most heavily-linked, with the favourites to actually secure a deal for the stopper seemingly changing by the hour.
‘It could happen’
Another of the clubs to have been named as a possible landing spot for de Ligt have been Premier League giants Liverpool.
Former Dutch international Rene van der Gijp even urged his fellow countryman to push for a move to Anfield during an interviw with Voetbal Primeur last month, revealing his excitement over the potential prospect of de Ligt joining forces with Virgil Van Dijk on Merseyside.
Rene van der Gijp (On pairing up Van Dijk & De Ligt at #LFC): “It would be great for Dutch football if those two defenders can play alongside each other for five to six years. Then you are getting the best centre-back pairing in Europe.”
— LFC Transfer Room (@LFCTransferRoom) February 15, 2019
As such, speaking in an interview with Goal.com yesterday, de Ligt was questioned on the possibility of making the move to Liverpool come the summer.
And fans of the Reds will no doubt be enthused by the prodigious stopper’s response, with de Ligt having refused to rule out the possibility of joining Dutch international compatriot Van Dijk at club level:
‘Virgil (van Dijk) is a player who has experience in the top leagues.’
‘Of course, you would want to learn from him. It’s very helpful playing alongside him in the Dutch team.’
‘It could happen (De Ligt joining him at Liverpool). He plays for Liverpool, a good club, but I’m not focused on them. I focus on Ajax and then I’ll see where I end up.’
De Ligt dropping Liverpool hints like… 😲 pic.twitter.com/kz5XlY7HGH
— Goal (@goal) March 8, 2019