Perr Schuurs has acknowledged Liverpool’s interest in signing him, but says he is focused on playing for Ajax.
The Ajax defender has been linked with a January move to Liverpool, who are currently without Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez due to long-term injuries.
Liverpool have first-hand experience of Schuurs’ potential, having played Ajax twice in the Champions League group stages this season, winning both fixtures 1-0.
According to Corriere dello Sport , Liverpool are readying a £27million bid for Schuurs, but the 21-year-old claims he wants to achieve his goals at the Dutch club before considering a move to the Premier League.
“I hear and read it [Liverpool rumours] too,” he told SBS6, as quoted by Voetbal Primeur , after Tuesday’s match at Anfield.
“It’s my first season as a basic player at Ajax. I want to play here for a few more seasons and win prizes. I’m not really working on that yet.”
Liverpool are on the lookout for a central defender in the upcoming January transfer window after losing both of their first-choice centre-backs to injury.
Van Dijk underwent surgery on damaged knee ligaments at the end of October and although Jurgen Klopp said recently he is “doing really well”, he is not expected back in the near future.
Gomez also went under the knife to repair a damaged tendon in his left knee in November.
Joel Matip was partnered by Fabinho in Liverpool’s 1-0 win over Ajax on Tuesday, which saw Klopp’s side qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League.
Despite their win, clean sheet and qualification Liverpool are undeniably short of players in central defence, with Nathaniel Phillips and Rhys Williams still lacking experience.
With a month to go until the January window opens, Schuurs is one of the defenders thought to be Liverpool’s radar and his solid performances against Klopp’s team will have been noted.
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A mistake by Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana allowed Curtis Jones to volley in Neco Williams’ cross, but the visitors did force Caoimhin Kelleher into making several strong saves.
“We came here for three points, but we didn’t get them,” Schuurs said. “We have created enough chances and [should have] earned at least one point.
“It was good, especially in the first half. Of course, I got a yellow card. Then it becomes a bit more wait-and-see, that is a factor in your head. Personally, I can look back on a good game, but I am disappointed that we did not get more.”