Liverpool have missed out on the chance to sign teenage defender Perr Schuurs after he agreed terms to sign for Ajax, according to a report.
The Mirror claimed in their live transfer blog on Friday [11:41AM] that Fortuna Sittard’s Schuurs, 18, was attracting attention from Anfield but has instead opted to stay in the Netherlands and sign a long-term deal with Eredivise giants Ajax.
Dutch news outlet Voetbal International reported in May that Schuurs had headed to Liverpool to undergo a trial with Tottenham also keeping close tabs on the Dutch defenders situation with second-tier side Fortuna.
It is now understood that Steven Gerrard had monitored Schuurs’ progress while on Merseyside.
The Netherlands Under-19 international is very highly rated at Fortuna and has already become such a key member of their first-team squad that he is regularly wearing the captain’s armband.
This season he has made 16 appearances across all competitions and scored three goals in the process.
Football Insider Verdict
This is quite a big blow for Liverpool who seem to have invested a lot of time and effort in getting to know as much as possible about Schuurs. However as a young, up-and-coming Dutch player, it would have been very hard for him to join Ajax who arguably have one of the best youth set-ups in the world. Liverpool’s is good but at his age, it was probably a good idea for Schuurs to stay in his home nation to continue his development. It will be interesting to see how Jurgen Klopp goes about the January transfer window. It’s obvious that he needs to bolster his defence but with Southampton remaining stubborn over Virgil van Dijk, they may have to take a leap into the unknown.
In other Liverpool news, Phillippe Coutinho has given a worrying update on his future at Anfield.