Spanish news outlet claims that Manchester United are offering Matthijs de Ligt more than £250,000 per week, which highlights why Liverpool are not interested in the Dutchman.

The Reds had the best defensive record in the Premier League last season as Virgil van Dijk led his team to a 97-point finish.

The former Southampton skipper helped his side concede just 22 goals in the league, at a rate of 0.57 goals per game.

Virgil van Dijk.

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That is an elite defensive record and with the average age of Liverpool’s back line younger than 25, there is still plenty of room for Jurgen Klopp’s men to improve defensively.

The Liverpool Echo reported on Monday that the Anfield outfit is not ready to meet Matthijs de Ligt’s reported £65million price tag as they aren’t convinced that he would be a guaranteed starter.

 

For many fans, this is difficult to believe but Klopp’s decision to not pursue the Ajax starlet might run slightly deeper than the Merseyside-based news outlet intimated.

Matthijs de Ligt.

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Spanish newspaper Sport claims that Manchester United are prepared to pay de Ligt a mouthwatering £250,000/week which is £70,000 more per week than Liverpool pay van Dijk.

The Reds’ centre-back is the best defender in the world while de Ligt has enjoyed just one stellar season and it’s easy to understand why Liverpool are unwilling to pay his wages on top of splashing £65million to sign him.

With Joe Gomez and Joel Matip both fine defenders in their own rights, Klopp will feel justified in not wanting to spend more on central defenders this summer.

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