Liverpool may regret the transfer decision on a generation talent that...

Liverpool may regret the transfer decision on a generation talent that...
Liverpool may regret the transfer decision on a generation talent that...
Liverpool have the prospect of playing the rest of the season without key man Virgil van Dijk – but they have failed to sign a player who could be even better than the 29-year-old, according to a Dutch expert.

Dutch child prodigy Matthijs de Ligt, who signed for Juventus last summer after an outstanding season at Ajax helping Erik Ten Hag in the Champions League semi-finals, will be supported to reach even higher heights than his compatriot Van Dijk.

The Reds were linked to a big cash deal for the then 19-year-old defender last summer, as did Manchester United and Barcelona, ​​but he ended up signing for £ 67.5m with the Italian giants.

ECHO know Liverpool never took a step for De Ligt because Jürgen Klopp was happy with his options for the center-back at the time. Van Dijk vital and Joe Gomez and Joel Matip were also impressive.

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Dejan Lovren has since left, but he too was seen as a dependable fourth choice and the Croat was happy to play that role at the time.

There were also reports that the player’s agent, Mino Raiola, was demanding a wage of £ 250,000 a week for the player, which is more than any Liverpool player makes and something the Reds would not have been willing to pay.

On the podcast “Behind Enemy Lines” on the Blood Red channel, Michael Statham of Football Oranje said: “The Netherlands didn’t have a top center-back for a long time and now they have two with Van Dijk and De Ligt.

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“And that changes the way the Netherlands see the national team. Last year [before the Euros were moved] It was a race against time to get Memphis Depay fit and he would have been as it happened and now it’s the same with Van Dijk.

“But the center-back is their strongest area. De Ligt is here and Stefan de Vrij is competing at a very high level in Italy. Losing Depay would have been worse for the Netherlands as he is their only high quality striker, but that’s it. ”Obviously a massive failure.

“De Ligt, I think, is a player of a generation. He could ultimately be better than Van Dijk because he can do more than Van Dijk. After years of watching Ajax he is immense and could be the best defender “the world in time. ”

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Liverpool now face a dilemma themselves. Klopp’s options in the background are very different from those he faced a little over 12 months ago.

Fabinho has been given a mid-backline role on multiple occasions, forcing the Brazilian to step back from his usual sixth berth to fill in some gaps.

Also, speculation about a move for another highly rated young defender, RB Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano, is unlikely to go away but Liverpool know they need to get on with what they have until at least January.

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