Former Liverpool striker John Aldridge believes that Jurgen Klopp should make an attempt to sign teenage sensation Matthijs de Ligt. The 19-year old Ajax captain is one of the most talented young footballers at the moment and played a crucial role in Ajax winning a domestic double and reaching the Champions League semi-finals this season.
Several reports claim that De Ligt is on the move this summer with Barcelona and PSG reportedly fighting for his signature.
There was a time when even Liverpool was linked to sign De Ligt with the defender himself hinting at the possibility of a transfer to Liverpool. John Aldridge feels that Liverpool should try and compete with Barcelona and PSG for De Ligt’s signature.
The Irishman said, “Virgil van Dijk and Matthijs de Ligt have formed a great defensive partnership with the Netherlands and I’m sure they would like to build on that at Liverpool.Any player who saw the way Liverpool won the Champions League this season and the incredible scenes on the streets of the city as the team returned home would want a piece of that, and De Ligt is the kind of player that Klopp should be targeting. Liverpool should go after him.”
Following a fine season with Ajax, De Ligt impressed for the Netherlands during the Nations League. He scored Netherlands’ equaliser in the semi-final against England at Guimaraes after his foul led to the penalty which in turn, led to England’s first goal.
Following the end of the competition, De Ligt was in the Nations League’s Team of the Tournament.
Matthijs de Ligt and Virgil van Dijk have forged a strong defensive partnership in the national team. Thus, it would be a huge asset for Liverpool provided they have that same defensive partnership.
De Ligt has said that he will make a call on his future after a break.