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Liverpool won't get Perr Schuurs bargain but this isn't over

Liverpool aren’t signing Perr Schuurs anytime soon, ruling out a potential bargain. But this isn’t a potential transfer that’s finished – there’s more to it.

Liverpool are not signing Perr Schuurs. There had been rumours, of course, with Corriere dello Sport claiming the Reds actually made an offer for the young Dutchman.

CalcioMercato claimed Liverpool wanted him, too, with £27m being the price to get him away from Ajax.

But we can rule it all out.

“I’m not really in favour of going abroad early,” says Schuurs, per the Liverpool Echo. “I feel at home here [at Ajax] so I want to play here for a few more seasons.”

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So that’s that. Liverpool won’t get Schuurs in January – but don’t forget about this one too quickly. It’s not the end of this particular hunt.

Timing

The truth is, Liverpool have already waited on Schuurs – it’s not like they’ve just found him. The Dutchman had a trial with the Reds back when he was 17.

That’s per the Mirror, who said at the end of October that Liverpool liked the player a lot on the back of that trial. They ultimately decided he would develop better in the Netherlands, though.

And that approach is still available – wait and see if he develops into the player you want, rather than jumping the gun.

Schuurs is developing rapidly and if he keeps going, he can become the long-term defender the Reds are after. Yes, that will cost millions more and potentially double his value.

But as with Virgil van Dijk, Liverpool don’t mind a heavy investment in the right player. And getting that right player is far more valuable than a potential bargain.

For what it’s worth, we think a January move for Schuurs comes too soon. We felt that a month ago and still feel that now.

He won’t develop the same way at Anfield, where he would fall behind Van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip in the pecking order.

This really is the best option, then. Keep waiting and pay a premium for a great player. Use the proven long-term interest to sway the player when the time comes, if need be.

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That’s the best way to operate at the top. Monitor these players and muscle your way to them as they prepare to enter their prime. It’s expensive, of course, but it’s how you end up with world-class talent.

Van Dijk, Alisson and Fabinho are all wonderful examples of just that. Schuurs can join that list – if he earns it.

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