Liverpool didn’t pursue a move for Micky van de Ven this summer because he became a little too expensive.

The Reds were heavily linked with Van de Ven, but ultimately chose not to push for the 22-year-old. Having now joined Tottenham Hotspur for £34.5m, he’ll be playing in the Premier League next season regardless.

And according to journalist Graeme Bailey for 90min’s Talking Transfers Podcast, Liverpool bowed out owing to the high price of the deal.

Micky van de Ven

“They [Liverpool] are looking at centre-halves still, this left-sided defender. Van de Ven who’s just signed for Tottenham was one on Liverpool’s list, but I think the price went a bit high,” Bailey explains.

“It wouldn’t surprise me if they do bring a centre-halve in, but it’s not something they’re absolutely desperate for. Liverpool just won’t overpay but it’s one they’re looking at.”

Liverpool walk away from Van de Ven deal

We honestly don’t understand what Liverpool are looking for anymore. There is certainly quality players out there for less than Van de Ven went for, but it’s rare to see the Reds dip into that market.

Rather than plucking unfashionable players from smaller teams, they’ll usually spend a little extra and get someone proven at a higher level.

Van de Ven fits that description and, honestly, doesn’t seem particularly overpriced.

Micky van de Ven
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He has decent experience in the Bundesliga, is well regarded at U21 level internationally and has some glowing references.

In this market, around £35m for someone like that doesn’t seem all that bad. Should Liverpool pursue any of the alternatives on their list they’ll surely end up paying similar, or more.

It’s fine not to want to overpay. With the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City regularly inflating the market, it’s an honourable stance for Liverpool to take.

But there are times when you don’t mind paying a little bit more. We’re not saying Van de Ven is that player – the jury is out on his debut Premier League season. If he fulfills his vast potential at Spurs though, Liverpool are going to look a little silly. Especially if they end up empty-handed.

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