Liverpool FC urged to sign 19-year-old to partner Virgil van Dijk
Former Dutch winger Rene van der Gijp believes Matthijs de Ligt would be great alongside Virgil van Dijk at Liverpool FC
Liverpool FC should sign Matthijs de Ligt to secure a long-term centre-half partner for Virgil van Dijk, according to former Dutch player Rene van der Gijp.
The Netherlands international became the youngest-ever Ajax captain in 2017 after he took over the captain’s armband at the prestigious Eredivisie outfit.
De Ligt has established himself as one of the leading defenders in Dutch football following nine goals in 97 games for Ajax since his debut season in 2016-17.
The Ajax skipper is already a regular in the Netherlands team alongside the world’s most expensive defender.
The 19-year-old has been capped 13 times by the Oranje after progressing through his country’s youth ranks to become one half of their first-choice centre-half partnership.
Liverpool FC broke their transfer record to sign Van Dijk in a £75m deal from Southampton in the 2018 January transfer window.
Van Dijk, 28, has left his mark on the Liverpool FC defence but Jurgen Klopp has struggled to find a permanent centre-half partner for the Dutch defender.
Joe Gomez is the obvious choice when fit but the England international has struggled with injury problems.
Former Dutch winger Van der Gijp believes De Ligt would be the perfect centre-half partner for Van Dijk at the Anfield side.
“It would be great for Dutch football if those two defenders [De Ligt and Van Dijk] can play alongside each other for five to six years,” Van der Gijp told Goal.
“Then you are getting the best centre-back pairing in Europe.
“What’s the cost? He’s one of the best in Europe at its age. He’s so mature. Eighty million? I do not think Ajax will let him go for less.
“This guy can go anywhere. I think Spain and Italy are a good match for him.”