Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher said that he would love to see Liverpool go out and sign Matthijs de Ligt this summer after the Dutchman’s incredible breakthrough season, reports the Echo.
While Ajax Amsterdam were cruelly dumped out of the Champions League after a second leg capitulation on Wednesday evening, the Dutch side can feel extremely proud of themselves.
Not only did the reach the last four of the competition but they also beat the likes of Real Madrid and Juventus on their way.
Had they reached and even won the Champions League final, few football fans would have denied that they would have been deserving winners but as it is, Liverpool will face Spurs.
What lies ahead for Ajax is a summer of being picked apart in the transfer market as the biggest clubs in Europe will soon descend to sign the club’s most talented stars.
Frenkie de Jong is already on his way to Barcelona and after Edwin van der Sar told Sky Sports Italia that de Ligt will join a club in England or Spain, he seems to be the next in line for a big move.
In quotes reported by the Liverpool Echo, Carragher said: “I’d love that!
“I have never seen such a good defender at 19 years old. He plays as if he’s 29 and at his peak already.
“You can only imagine how good he will be when he actually is 29.”
The Echo also reports that Liverpool would have to pay £60million to sign the young defender which is not much less than the £75million fee agreed for the purchase of Virgil van Dijk from Southampton.
Of course, the Dutchman already had several years experience as a senior player and was already used to the Premier League but it’s a different story with de Ligt entirely.
The 19-year-old will be one of the best defenders in the world in just a few years and whoever signs him now is making a huge investment into his future.
Liverpool need to be that club.