ESPN pundit: Why 22-year-old Ajax star shouldn’t move to Liverpool FC

ESPN FC pundit Steve Nicol believes David Neres shouldn't complete a move to Liverpool FC this summer

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Steve Nicol has warned Ajax winger David Neres that he’ll struggle to get into the Liverpool FC team should the Brazilian complete a summer move to Anfield.

The South American forward has established himself as one of the most exciting attacking talents in Europe over the past season following Ajax’s run to the Champions League semi-finals.

Neres was forced to sit out Ajax’s 3-2 loss to Tottenham Hotspur in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final at the Amsterdam Arena on Wednesday night.

Liverpool FC have been linked with a potential summer swoop to sign the 22-year-old to bolster their attacking options ahead of the new Premier League season.

The Merseyside outfit will face stiff competition for Neres given that the Brazilian forward is thought to also be attracting interest from Arsenal and Chelsea FC ahead of the summer.

Former Liverpool FC defender Nicol has now offered Neres some advice about a potential move to the five-time European champions in the summer transfer window.

“This is a strange one, Neres to Liverpool,” Nicol told ESPN FC.

“If I’m Neres, I’m looking at Liverpool’s front three and I’m asking myself, ‘Am I going to this team to start? Or am I going to this team to backup to begin with?’.

“He’s certainly at a level of his ability and what he’s producing that he has to go somewhere and play.

“I think that rules Liverpool out.

“Everything else is perfect, the amount of money they are talking about is a little strange.

“I read somewhere it was like £35m – there’s no way they’re letting him go for as little as that.

“So actually, to answer the question of Neres to Liverpool, I don’t see it.

“I see Liverpool coming up with a younger player, who’s maybe not quite ready to step in the shoes of the front three yet.

“So this one for me is a no.

“From his point of view, he wants to go somewhere and play.”

Neres has scored eight goals and has made eight assists in 29 games in the Eredivisie this term.

The Brazilian has also netted two Champions League goals to underline his European pedigree.

Liverpool FC were without Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino for their 4-0 victory over FC Barcelona in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final.

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