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Matthijs de Ligt urged to join Liverpool

Virgil van DijkFormer Netherlands international René van der Gijp believes Matthijs de Ligt should make the switch to Liverpool if the Reds go calling so that he can forge one of the best defensive partnerships in Europe alongside Virgil van Dijk.

Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp is interested in signing the 19-year-old Ajax centre-back who is attracting interest from a host of major European outfits including the likes of Barcelona and Juventus while closer to home, Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester City have all been linked.

Despite being represented by controversial super agent Mino Raiola and the suggestion that De Ligt is said to have told team-mates that he would be up for a move to La Liga giants Barcelona, Liverpool are currently examining if there is a possibility of them brokering a deal for him in the summer. This has been confirmed by well-placed sources.

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Former Netherlands winger Van der Gijp would welcome the idea as he believes De Ligt teaming up with Van Dijk at Anfield would be great for the Oranje.

He said: “It would be great for Dutch football if those two defenders can play alongside each other for five to six years.

“Then you are getting the best centre-back pairing in Europe.”

We can definitely understand Der Gijp’s thinking here. It would be a great pairing and one that we’d certainly welcome. However, we are concerned about Raiola’s involvement with the player and that could prevent this from ever becoming a real possibility.


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