Matthijs de Ligt of Ajax during the Dutch Eredivisie match between Ajax Amsterdam and Willem II Tilburg at the Amsterdam Arena on December 24, 2017 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands - Gerrit van Keulen/VI Images/PA Images

Liverpool journalist provides bad news for fans hoping for Matthijs de Ligt deal

Speculation surrounding a possible big-money deal to sign Ajax centre-back Matthijs de Ligt has been quashed by Liverpool Echo journalist James Pearce.

The Reds have been touted as a possible suitor for the 19-year-old European Golden Boy winner this summer, along with the likes of Barcelona and Man United.

De Ligt was one of the standouts of Ajax’s Eredivisie-winning, Champions League semi-finalist campaign, wearing the captain’s armband and playing 55 times in all competitions.

Virgil van Dijk‘s centre-back partner for the Netherlands, and a player the Liverpool defender has spoken highly of in the past, the announcement of his likely departure from Amsterdam prompted calls for a switch to Merseyside.

The prospect of Van Dijk and De Ligt lining up alongside each other at Anfield is a popular one among supporters, but this is now unlikely.

According to Pearce, writing for the Liverpool Echo on Monday morning, the Reds have “no plans” to approach Ajax to discuss a transfer.

Jurgen Klopp is happy with his centre-back options and isn’t looking to strengthen his squad in that department,” he adds.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Tuesday, April 9, 2019: Liverpool's Joe Gomez during the UEFA Champions League Quarter-Final 1st Leg match between Liverpool FC and FC Porto at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

This comes with Joel Matip shining in the absence of Joe Gomez in the second half of the season, and Klopp is confident the latter can “kick on again” following his return from injury.

It appears that there will be no exit for Dejan Lovren either, though of course given the Champions League final is yet to be played no major developments should be expected until after June 1.

Furthermore, this caveat could provide hope for those eager for De Ligt to wear the red of Liverpool next season, but the chances are still slim.

Pearce continues to explain that “Klopp’s priorities this summer remain full-back cover and a versatile attacker,” with Alberto Moreno and Daniel Sturridge due to depart.