Liverpool keeping tabs on Ajax Amsterdam starlet Perr Schuurs who is slowly yet steadily making a name for himself in the Eredivisie.
According to Fichajes, Premier League giants Liverpool are interested in Ajax Amsterdam’s promising young defender Perr Schuurs.
The 21-year-old came through the ranks at FC RIA and Fortuna Sittard, making his first-team debut for the latter in 2016. He moved to Ajax Amsterdam in 2018 and has since gone about making a name for himself. As things stand, Schuurs has made 66 appearances for the Dutch giants, scoring three goals and assisting two more. A promising player who is comfortable in possession, the youngster could be set for a bright future.
Liverpool faced a crisis in central defence following a freak set of injuries last season. They now have enough strength in depth in the position, being able to call upon five defenders who can do a job. Jurgen Klopp’s side have four capable central defenders at their disposal.
Virgil van Dijk, Ibrahima Konate, Joel Matip and Joe Gomez are all solid defenders capable of holding their own. With Nathaniel Phillips also available in reserve, Klopp is well stocked at the back. So, securing Schuurs is not necessarily a priority at the moment. But Van Dijk and Matip are not getting any younger and will eventually need to be replaced.
And, Schuurs is at the age where he is starting to blossom and there is enough reason to believe he will be a dependable player in the future. The 21-year-old was called up to the Netherlands senior squad for the UEFA Nations League matches against Poland and Italy in September 2020. While he is yet to make his senior bow, he has shown enough promise to suggest it will come sooner rather than later.
Liverpool will do well not to make a premature move to land the defender. He is still developing as a player and has facets of his game that needs attention. Letting him grow in the Eredivisie before having him make the step up would be a sensible decision.
In Gomez and Konate, the Reds already have a potential partnership for the future. Schuurs, for all his potential, could find it difficult to break into the Liverpool first XI. So, adopting a wait and watch approach to see how the 21-year-old starlet develops would be prudent, before making a move.
If they do, Liverpool will be well served to make a move to land Schuurs next summer before sending him back on loan preferably to Ajax. It will ensure he is allowed the space to develop and get himself ready for when Matip may need to be replaced. For now, Liverpool do not need a centre-back, and it remains to be seen if they will make a move to land the Dutchman.