Former Manchester United defender Jaap Stam believes Liverpool ought to do all they’ll to attempt to beat Barcelona – in addition to his former membership – to the signing of Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt.

The commanding centre-back, 19, has emerged as one in every of European soccer’s hottest properties and has been linked to Liverpool, United, Juventus and Bayern Munich – nevertheless it’s Barcelona that look favourites to land him.

Nonetheless, Stam claims the Ajax captain, rated within the £70m bracket, should select his subsequent membership rigorously – and he believes a transfer to Liverpool would could be greatest suited to his profession presently.


“It’s essential that he’ll get enjoying time,” former defender Stam instructed DAZN, when requested why De Ligt ought to select Liverpool forward of Barcelona.

“Should you take a look at the squads: Barcelona, after dropping to Liverpool (within the Champions League semi-final), most likely needs to strengthen their squad, particularly in defence, should you ask me.

“The query is how they’re going to clear up that drawback?

“I feel that Matthijs de Ligt could be a very good match although. Will probably be nice to see how he performs towards higher gamers in a greater league, not simply each few weeks, however each weekend.

“The identical goes for Liverpool. Everyone knows who’s their greatest defensive star – his Dutch colleague (Virgil van Dijk) would assist him – the opposite gamers, [Dejan] Lovren and [Joel] Matip, rotate rather a lot.”

De Ligt helped Ajax wrap up the Eredivisie title on Wednesday with a Four-1 win over De Graafschap and the 19-year-old didn’t have time to have fun earlier than he was requested about his future.

Nonetheless, insists his subsequent transfer is way from a carried out deal.

“This isn’t the time to speak about my future,” he instructed Fox Sports activities.

“I don’t know if I’ll go along with Frenkie de Jong [to Barcelona]. I nonetheless must analyse issues and see all the things. We’ll see what occurs.

“I can not say something. We’ll see on the finish of summer season. There’s nothing but.”

Requested about Ajax’s season through which they reached the Champions League semi-final, he added: “It’s indescribable. We’ve got been craving this for 5 years.

“I loved the cup, the competitors, the Champions League and particularly the workforce spirit.”


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