Liverpool continuously see their name thrown into the transfer rumour mill as a viable footballing destination to hone the talents of some of the best defensive prospects in Europe. According to reports in Italy, Ajax’s Perr Schuurs is the latest up-and-coming star credited with a move to Anfield.
Liverpool injury crisis
The Reds have been heavily touted with a number of January additions as Liverpool look to find solutions to a backline that has lost three first-choice members of Jurgen Klopp’s first-choice defensive quartet.
As a consequence, the Premier League champions have been linked with options including RB Leipzig centre-back Dayot Upamecano, Kalidou Koulibaly of Napoli and Bayern Munich’s David Alaba.
Both Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez are expected to miss the remainder of the season with long-term knee injuries, while Trent Alexander-Arnold is out for a sustained period following a calf problem.
This in effect, has left just Joel Matip and Andy Robertson as the club’s only fit and recognised defensive options with Klopp heavily relying on new recruits and academy graduates to cover the gargantuan defensive void left by the aforementioned trio.
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Liverpool target Perr Schuurs
According to Sempre Milan, Liverpool are interested in signing Ajax defender Perr Schurs with the Dutch outfit reportedly holding out for a €30 million (£27m) fee to sign the 6ft 3in wonderkid.
The report also credits AC Milan with an interest the 20-year-old who was recently touted as the ‘next De Ligt’ by publication GiveMeSport.
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Given his age, profile and relatively acceptable price-tag, Schuurs could be a viable option given Liverpool’s self-sustained transfer model.
Jurgen Klopp has already had a first-hand look at the imposing central defender during the Reds’ 1-0 victory in Amsterdam last month.
The difficulty is establishing whether the Netherlands under-21 international stacks up when compared to other viable defensive targets.
Dayot Upamecano, 22, for instance, is also reportedly available for a moderately cheap fee [£38 million] once his release clause comes into effect at the end of the season.
The Frenchman is at a relatively similar age and is already an established international who has competed in the Champions League semi-finals.
Liverpool signing either player makes a lot of sense when you consider their core principles in the market are typically dictated by plausibility and price.
It is certainly a player to keep an eye on as Liverpool continually explore potential targets to bolster Klopp’s defensive reinforcements.