Sun, 24 Jan 2021

Liverpool continue to be linked with Ajax star Perr Schuurs, but he says he is not interested in leaving the Dutch club in January.

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 (Pound 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."

- TEAMtalk media

Source: News24

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