It’s fair to say that Liverpool fans were fairly impressed with Matthijs de Ligt on Monday evening!
The 18-year-old (yes, 18…) started alongside Virgil van Dijk for the Netherlands, who put in a world-class performance to destroy European champions Portugal 3-0.
Ajax’s wonderkid assisted two goals, one of which was scored by van Dijk, and essentially pocketed Cristiano Ronaldo, the world’s second best player.
Not bad for someone born in 1999.
Barcelona have been credited with an interest in de Ligt by the Daily Mail and scouted him against England a few days ago, but Liverpool fans now want him on Jurgen Klopp’s shortlist.
Neither Dejan Lovren or Joel Matip have been able to earn the position next to van Dijk at the heart of our defence outright, while Joe Gomez is used as a right-back.
In many ways, de Ligt ticks plenty of boxes for Liverpool. He’s young, has enormous potential, plays for a club that sells their players and is Dutch, meaning he should be able to form a natural partnership with van Dijk alongside him.
We hope the club considers it!
I am sure you're all hoping what I'm hoping. That Van Dijk is whispering sweet nothings to De Ligt about life in Liverpool.
— LFCZA 🇿🇦 (@LFCZA) March 26, 2018
Liverpool payed 75 million for van dijk we’d be crazy not to pay 60 for de ligt
— Anthony_ (@AnthonyH90744) March 26, 2018
De Ligt is quality. Every time I watch him play I am impressed. Would love him to partner Van Dijk at Liverpool next season.
— Kevin Ward (@KevinWard87) March 23, 2018
Wouldn't mind Liverpool getting de Ligt in the summer. 18-years-old! What a player he's going to be. And what a natural partnership with van Dijk.
— Empire of the Kop (@empireofthekop) March 26, 2018
Only 18??!! He ´s so good !!
— Firminooooooo (@picasso_th) March 26, 2018
Van Dijk and De Ligt would be such a big headache for Klopp because he won't be able to decided who gets the armband once both get settled
— Rex (@ThatRexGuy) March 26, 2018
de Ligt is quite some talent. If Man Utd end up getting Alderweireld, we should definitely go for him. Having the option of playing a back 3 of van Dijk, de Ligt and Gomez would be sick
— Portgas D. Ace (@F1ashPoint) March 26, 2018