Perr Schuurs has suggested he does not want to leave Ajax in January amid heightening claims he has been the subject of a bid from Liverpool.
The Reds are facing a shortage of options at the back following injuries to Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez. Joel Matip is the club’s only senior player there, with midfielder Fabinho filling in.
And despite boss Jurgen Klopp backing Matip to go on an injury-free run, the centre-back’s record suggests that he will struggle.
As such, several reports have claimed that Schuurs is a target for the Anfield club. The 21-year-old has stepped up following the departure of Matthijs de Ligt – and done so to great effect.
Schuurs resembles now-Juventus star De Ligt with his strong presence at the back. Indeed, he showed great promise when playing against Liverpool in the Champions League in October.
According to Corrierre dello Sport, Liverpool ‘insist’ on signing the Dutchman to bolster their ranks. What’s more, the Reds have come up with an offer of around €30million (£26million).
However, despite talk of a bid from Liverpool, Dutch outlet Voetbal Primeur insists the Reds are yet to make a formal approach for Schuurs.
But with the window set to open in just 32 days, a firm offer from Klopp’s side cannot be ruled out.
Indeed, with reports of a move to Anfield gathering pace, the player has now opened up on talk he could move on.
However, rather than thinking about a January exit, the player has suggested he’d prefer to stay put for now and continue his development.
Schuurs told Voetbalzone: “You know that’s going to happen when you play at Ajax.
“But I would like to play here, for this club (Ajax) and my focus is here to win with Ajax.”
While admitting he is flattered by the Liverpool transfer rumours, Schuurs has suggested his career plan may be best served by staying in Amsterdam for the time being.
“I’d like to play for a few more years at Ajax,” he said when asked about the prospect of a move away. “I am very confident in myself with my development. My first a year at Jong Ajax, then a year more at Ajax 1 and now hopefully a whole season [in the first team].
“That’s the line I was hoping for and Ajax too. Hopefully I can pull it through.”
Klopp on January signings
Klopp’s immediate focus will be on the Champions League clash against Schuurs and Ajax on Tuesday.
A win can secure Liverpool’s place in the knockout stages.
Klopp spoke about the potential of new additions in the winter window earlier this month. However, he said that, as yet, he has no idea about his plans.
“If we can do something in January I have no idea. If we want to do something in January I have no idea. We’ll just have to see,” Klopp said.
“That we look for solutions and the transfer market – that is clear – but in the moment we have the situation we have.
“I don’t want to compare situations but when I came to Dortmund in 2008 my two centre-halves were 19 and turned 20 that winter and we played with them for that entire time. Mats Hummels and Neven Subotic.”