Ajax ace speculates on likely transfer fee this summer

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Virgil van Dijk and Matthijs de Ligt have to be one of the best central defensive pairings of any international side in the past twenty years.

Not since Italy’s Nesta and Cannavaro can we remember two more composed centre-backs playing next to each other for their country.

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As a result of de Ligt’s brilliance, Liverpool fans have speculated on whether the Dutchman could sign from Ajax and join van Dijk on a weekly basis – and the Echo have named him a potential target – too.

However, we really don’t see why we need him. Joel Matip has been exemplary, Joe Gomez has the genuine ability to become one of the world’s very best and Dejan Lovren played in both a Champions League and World Cup Final in last year.

Someone this summer is going to break the bank for de Ligt, who mistakenly thinks he’ll be cheaper than team-mate Frenkie de Jong – who cost Barcelona £65m [BBC Sport].

“Will I be more expensive than Frenkie? I don’t think so, no,” the defender, 19, told a Q&A, cited in the Mirror.

“Normally teams spend more money on midfield players than defenders.

“I really don’t know.

“It’s up to Ajax – it’s not something that I decide. We shall see.”

De Ligt added: “I haven’t made a decision [on my future] yet, so I don’t know.

“I am only focused on the last games of the season for now.

“We still have a lot to play for so let’s finish this season in a good way.”

De Ligt is phenomenal, but we’re actually happy with the central defensive options at Jurgen Klopp’s disposal.

If we are to buy a defender this summer, it should be a strong attacking understudy to Trent Alexander-Arnold or Andy Robertson – preferably both.

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