Liverpool reportedly like Ajax defender Perr Schuurs but the asking price is a problem. We think it’s far too soon to pay it.
Perr Schuur looks like a great talent. The player – who turns 21 this week – comes across brilliantly on the pitch and look capable of nearly everything.
He’s somehow made people forget about Matthijs de Ligt. The hype around De Ligt was such that there was no question that he was the future of the Dutch defence. Now we’re not so sure.
But we still don’t think Liverpool should pay the reported asking price for Schuurs in January.
Time and needs
Liverpool are in a strange position. They’re short at the back and actually knew they would be heading into the season.
The Reds only had three senior centre-halves on their books – Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip. Fabinho was there to cover as a fourth-choice but he’s a holding midfielder.
That trio is one shorter than last season, then. Dejan Lovren left and Liverpool never replaced him, despite Jurgen Klopp saying he wanted four senior options.
Now we know they should have signed a fourth, of course. Injuries to Gomez and Van Dijk leave just Matip and he can’t stay fit.
Which brings us to January and whether Liverpool will sign someone. They might – Klopp admits that – but we don’t know.
But we can’t see Schuurs being the player they go for if they sign someone. SempreMilan, reporting AC Milan’s interest, claims the asking price is around £27m for Schuurs and that’s just too high.
Schuurs is 21 but hasn’t got a senior season of football under his belt. Compare that to De Ligt, who has two full seasons and a couple of trophies before moving to Juventus at a younger age.
It means Schuurs is still quite an unknown quantity. We just don’t know how good he actually is and how he handles several things – from high poor form to big games. And that’s not what Liverpool need right now.
They need someone who can jump in right away or signing in January is pointless. Importantly, they can’t afford to waste that money in the winter and rule out potentially better options in the summer.
Take Dayot Upamecano, for instance. He’s a much more experienced player than Schuurs but only one year older. And according to SportBild, he has a £40m release clause after this season.
If Liverpool signed Schuurs, they surely couldn’t justify Upamecano – financially or in terms of squad numbers.
And with little guarantee over Schuurs ability, it’s just not a January risk worth taking.