New option: The way Liverpool could line up if Matthijs de Ligt arrived at Anfield

Ajax wonderkid Matthijs de Ligt’s next destination looks to be the main talking point this summer, and as many as six top European clubs are all reportedly vying for his signature.

Liverpool are amongst a pack of six teams including Manchester City and Manchester United, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain, who are all keen on the Dutch international.

His potential arrival at Anfield could present at least two issues, however.

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Firstly, with United offering the 19-year-old £236k-a-week to join them, and PSG £256k-a-week, the Reds would need to make De Ligt their top earner over £200k-a-week Mohamed Salah, which could cause issues.

Secondly, Joel Matip and Joe Gomez were both superb in the 2018/19 season, so putting De Ligt in the pecking order above them would be harsh.

How could Jurgen Klopp squeeze the Ajax man into his team if he does get his hands on him, though?

The teenager’s arrival will see two of the best young centre-backs in Europe be at Liverpool’s disposal, whilst they already have arguably the best in Virgil van Dijk.

Klopp could incorporate all of them into the same side and in doing so, push his exquisite full-backs on even further so they can cause more damage in the final third – the pair recorded 28 assists combined in the 2019/20 campaign from just playing in a back four.

Their more frequent presence in advanced areas could cause mayhem, whilst the rock solid trio of De Ligt, Gomez and Van Dijk would be more than formidable enough to counterbalance the lack of full-backs in defensive areas.

Ahead of them, a trusty midfield two of Fabinho and Jordan Henderson would offer Klopp a solid No.6 who isn’t likely to move away from being a screen for the back three, whilst in Henderson, there would be a box-to-box No.8 to offer a link to the front three.

It may feel slightly FIFA-esque, but this team on paper should at least be enough to leave Liverpool fans salivating.

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