Matthijs de Ligt “a good fit” for Liverpool or Barcelona

Matthijs de Ligt

Former Manchester United defender Jaap Stam believes Matthijs de Ligt would be best off signing for a club like Liverpool or Barcelona.

The former Manchester United defender who earned 67 caps with the Netherlands, believes his fellow countryman would be a perfect signing for either ourselves or Ernesto Valverde’s Barcelona.

We believe that De Ligt is Jürgen Klopp’s primary summer transfer target with the Reds having spent several months already working on a possible deal. Barcelona have always been favourites to land the 19-year-old centre-back and skipper of Ajax but Liverpool are said to be in with a chance.

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Manchester United have also been linked but a move to Old Trafford hasn’t been suggested by one of their former stars who made 79 appearances for the Red Devils before he was bombed out by Alex Ferguson.

Stam commented: “It’s important that he’ll get playing time.

“If you look at the squads: Barcelona, after losing to Liverpool, probably want to strengthen their squad, especially in defence, if you ask me. The question is how they are going to solve that problem.

“I think that Matthijs de Ligt would be a good fit though. It will be great to see how he performs against better players in a better league, not just every few weeks, but every weekend.

“Same goes for Liverpool. We all know who is their biggest defensive star — his Dutch colleague (Virgil van Dijk) — the other players, Lovren and Matip, rotate quite a lot.

“The big question is if he’ll immediately play all matches. I think he has enough quality to do so. In those big leagues it’s normal to have to deal with rotation, especially at the start you will probably start on the bench a bit more often.

“After that, you have to get used to the level and the quality of your opponents. I think the people around him, and Matthijs himself, are smart enough to pick the option with the most playing time. In that case, money won’t make a difference.”