Matthijs de Ligt already has a glowing reputation and playing at Spurs’ new stadium this evening, he has the chance to prove Jurgen Klopp that he is worth big money.
If Liverpool reach the Champions League final, they will face one of Spurs or Ajax in Madrid.
They will meet in North London to do battle this evening and after beating Real Madrid and Juventus to reach the semifinals, Ajax will fancy their chances of overcoming Spurs.
Ajax have a hugely talented squad and so there will be several players that neutral fans will want to keep an eye on.
For Liverpool, and several other big European clubs, de Ligt is a player that can come in and make a big difference.
He’s already shown in Europe this season that he’s capable of taking on the biggest names head first but, as will always be the case with players not plying their trade in England, there will be questions about his suitability to playing in the Premier League.
The 19-year-old will arrive at Spur’s new stadium tonight with high hopes but after the North Londoners beat Manchester City in dramatic fashion, they will be pumped up and ready to secure a first leg advantage over Ajax.
Harry Kane will be absent but Heung Min Son, who has scored and assisted 30 goals this season, is a player that de Ligt will need to be wary of.
The South Korean is super quick, has unbelievable close control and is a clinical finisher.
De Ligt is more than capable of matching Son’s pace as he is very fast but it’s the former Bayer Leverkusen forward’s movement and finishing that will concern him the most.
Son is not the only forward that will test de Ligt. Depending on who plays and who is introduced from the bench, the Dutchman could also come up against Lucas Moura and Fernando Llorente.
The latter will test de Ligt’s ability to handle a top target man and as the Spaniard demonstrated at the Etihad, he is able to score crucial goals in European ties.
If de Ligt is able to contain a dangerous Spurs forward line and hand his Ajax side a boost ahead of the second leg in Amsterdam, it will provide further evidence for Klopp to make the decision to spend big on him this summer.
That said, failing to stop Son and co. won’t be a definitive blow as he has shown this season that he is the real deal even if he is a little bit raw.
Playing alongside compatriot Virgil van Dijk will give de Ligt the chance to learn from the best central defender in Europe.