'He wasn't scared': £68m reported Liverpool target applauded by his country's pundits
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'He wasn't scared': £68m reported Liverpool target applauded by his country's pundits

Frenkie de Jong put in a notable display vs Senegal for the Netherlands on Monday. He was the talk of the Dutch pundits.

Monday was a massive game for Frenkie de Jong as he ran the midfield for the Netherlands in their World Cup opener against Senegal. Louis van Gaal trusted him to do the job, and for the most part, he delivered.

De Jong was composed throughout the first half and probably should have scored an opener. Instead, he waited for the second half to create the breakthrough for the Netherlands.

It was a fantastic pass from deep that found a rushing Cody Gakpo. The PSV captain headed home for 1-0 with a moment that Liverpool will have loved.

De Jong earned praise after the match in the NOS studio on Dutch TV. Rafael van der Vaart felt he was the only Dutch player who really showed himself.

“He made a lot of mistakes in the second half, but he seemed to be the only one who was really himself,” said Van der Vaart, as per Voetbal International. “He wasn’t scared in his actions, he went for it, but a little too much at one point.”

Pierre van Hooijdonk also praised De Jong for his assist on the opener.

“De Jong put the ball perfectly in the space where you need to be as an attacker,” he said. “It was a fantastic header from Gakpo. De Jong knows: ‘I put that ball in the space, between the keeper and the defender, and Gakpo then goes looking for space there’.

“Then it has to fit perfectly.”

Frenkie de Jong’s display vs Senegal

De Jong wasn’t perfect, no, but he impressed for the Netherlands. They handed him plenty of responsibility and for the most part, he delivered.

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Liverpool will have been impressed. ESPN claims that De Jong is on the Reds’ watchlist as they seek to improve their midfield. Barcelona, who find themselves in financial trouble, could look to sell.

Barca signed De Jong for £65m back in 2019, per the Guardian, and while it’s unclear if they’d want a similar fee, we do believe he’s a player Liverpool should try to sign. As he showed on Monday, the 25-year-old can be a star.

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