According to the Liverpool Echo, Liverpool aren’t planning a move for Ajax wonderkid Matthijs de Ligt this summer as Jurgen Klopp is happy with his current options at centre-back.
Well, the Reds had been strongly linked with a move for the Holland international, who is on the radar of a number of European giants this summer.
Reports had even suggested that the Merseysiders had opened discussions over a transfer for the 19-year-old but those are allegedly well wide of the mark, according to the ECHO.
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De Ligt has emerged as one of the hottest prospects in Europe after starring for Ajax on their way to the Champions League final, as well as captaining them to the Eredivisie title.
It must be extremely tempting for Klopp and Michael Edwards to get involved in the race for De Ligt, seeing as the centre-back is looking like a generational talent and a player that will be the best in his position in a few years’ time.
However, we must not forget just how well Joe Gomez was playing before his leg break away to Burnley in December.
Rio Ferdinand even said that the England international was on his way to becoming the best defender in England, which is high praise indeed from a man who arguably used to be just that.
The Charlton academy graduate was in exquisite form alongside Virgil van Dijk and looked accomplished beyond his 21 years.
We also mustn’t forget just how much more challenging the Premier League is in comparison to the Eredivisie, a league that has seen some of its star players come to England and fail miserably; names such as Vincent Janssen, Brighton’s Alireza Jahanbakhsh and Memphis Depay are great examples.
In that respect, Gomez’s form could be held in higher regard than what De Ligt is currently doing over in Holland, and Klopp is right to stick by his own young prospect rather than bring in an alternative.