As reported by the Daily Mail, Manchester City have set their sights on Ajax wonderkid Frenkie de Jong despite being under investigation for their spending. However, they should by no means be allowed to chase the 21-year-old uncontested.
Whilst the Citizens possess phenomenal midfield options in abundance, Pep Guardiola clearly isn’t prepared to let one of the most precocious talents in world football slip away from him. They have the money to get the Holland international, the pulling power to lure him to the Etihad, and the facilities and potential for silverware to keep him there for a decade.
However, City’s main challengers at the moment, Liverpool, cannot let this happen. Many of those fans associated with the Reds are already comparing almost everything their side do to that of those in the blue half of Manchester, begrudging the fact that their best side in years exists at the same time as City’s exquisite side.
With that in mind, the first step that Jurgen Klopp can undertake to slowly overturn their dominance is the beat them to this kind of player. As aforementioned, if City get de Jong, their midfield will be sorted for the next decade along with Bernardo Silva.
It is no secret that the German boss has charm and charisma, characteristics that have lured the likes of Virgil van Dijk to Anfield amid competition from other huge clubs, including City.
It can be argued that beating the champions to the Dutchman’s signature was maybe the first sign that Liverpool are serious about being a thorn in City’s side.
Klopp must do all he can to convince the player to join, as well as convince his bosses to back him yet again. His midfield has already been reinforced with the likes of Fabinho and Naby Keita, but still seems stale in some areas as seen in the defeat to Red Star Belgrade.
In that game, Gini Wijnaldum, James Milner and the injury prone Adam Lallana started, and offered very little in terms of keeping the ball and being creative with it.
Additionally, Liverpool do not really possess a player of de Jong’s possession-based abilities; a key feature of any top side.