Ajax defender Perr Schuurs has cooled talk linking him with Liverpool following his side’s clash with the Reds in the Champions League on Tuesday.
Schurrs played the full 90 minutes against Jurgen Klopp’s men at Anfield and coped well with Sadio Mane and co.
The centre-back was booked shortly before half-time for a foul on Mane, but generally he looked good against Klopp’s men, who edged the game 1-0.
Last week, according to Corrierre dello Sport, Liverpool were intent on signing the Dutchman to bolster their ranks.
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.
Klopp did rest him against Brighton, but he returned to keep a clean sheet against Ajax on Tuesday.
The Amsterdam giants are said to be open to a January sale, with £27m thought to be their valuation.
Voetbalprimeur claims that Ajax are still waiting for an Anfield bid and will sell if their price is matched.
Schuurs: “Onana is a fantastic goalkeeper. A mistake is bound to happen for each player. Interest from Liverpool in me? I am not busy with that. I want to win trophies with Ajax first and stay here for a couple of seasons.” [sbs6] pic.twitter.com/khYgwpE9Io
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“Interest from Liverpool in me? I am not busy with that. I want to win trophies with Ajax first and stay here for a couple of seasons,” he reportedly told Dutch TV network sbs6.
Voetbal Primeur also carried the player’s quotes and they similarly translated as: “I hear and read it [Liverpool rumours] too. It’s my first season as a basic player at Ajax. I want to play here for a few more seasons and win prizes. I’m not really working on that yet.”
Schurrs likened to De Ligt
Ajax CEO Edwin van der Sar has said Schuurs resembles defensive predecessor Matthijs De Ligt.
Ajax have a proud history of producing quality young players and Schuurs could be the next big export.
Speaking on BT Sport, Van Der Sar said that Schuurs has come into his own at the heart of Ajax’s defence after gaining experience in the lower leagues.
He said: “We scouted him at a first division club, he looks very much like Matthijs De Ligt.
“They’re the same age bracket but I think Matthijs is really, really world-class quality and Perr is taking his time.
“He had experienced in the second team in the second division. In the last year he’s been steady for us and really looking like a player for us.”