By Harvey Byrne
Liverpool jetted out on a Friday scouting mission to watch teenage Fortuna Sittard centre-back Perr Schuurs, according to a report.
The Daily Mail have claimed on their live transfer blog (Saturday, 4.55pm) that the Reds flew out to Holland to watch the 17-year-old on Friday as he faced Jong Ajax in the Dutch second division.
It will have been a disappointing night for Schuurs, as he was unable to stop his side from falling to a 4-2 defeat despite finding himself on the score sheet with a 57th minute effort.
However, the defender is also known to be a long-term target of Liverpool’s and it is said in the Mail report that the young prospect even spent time training with the Reds earlier in the year.
Standing over 6’ 2”, the young defensive colossus is considered a bright prospect, playing in 26 senior appearances for Fortuna Sittard at his young age alongside attracting such clubs as Liverpool, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Ajax and PSV Eindhoven.
He still has two years remaining on his contract in Holland, but Liverpool could be looking to make an early move.
Football Insider verdict:
Liverpool currently have huge problems in their back line at the moment and while Schuurs is unlikely to make an instant impact on the team it certainly makes sense for the Reds to build for the future in an attempt to make sure similar doesn’t happen again. Liverpool used to boast the likes of Jamie Carragher, Sami Hyypia and Daniel Agger in their back four and these days the likes of Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip aren’t fit enough to lace his boots. Therefore, while a potential move for Schuurs from Liverpool does seem likely this summer they must also add a senior centre-back before Thursday’s transfer deadline.
In other Liverpool transfer news, Leeds have been installed as the favourites to sign this Reds man.