Perr Schuurs Drawing Comparisons to Juventus Defender Matthijs de Ligt
Liverpool Faced Schuurs This Season in Champions League Group Stage
Matt Addison of the Liverpool Echo has reported that Schuurs – who only became a first-team regular at Ajax this season – is potentially the subject of a £27million bed from the reigning Premier League champions.
The news comes following a slew of defensive injuries for Jurgen Klopp’s side, which includes long-term absences for centre-backs Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez.
The signing of Schuurs would therefore make sense, as well as the fact that the 21-year-old is drawing comparisons to ex-Ajax centre-back Matthijs de Ligt, who joined Juventus last year for £67 million.
Dutch football expert Michael Statham told the Liverpool Echo on the ‘Under the Radar’ podcast: “I really like Schuurs. He fits the role of de Ligt and has filled the void that he left a year-and-a-half ago.
“He is a centre back who is strong, with really good skills on the ball, who is brave and takes risks.
“You can see that Schuurs has obviously taken a lot from De Ligt and he is probably going to play in England or Germany because of his build and the way he is on the ball.”
Schuurs at Ajax
Schuurs endured a difficult start to life with Ajax, initially playing in the second division with their ‘B’ team. However, this season has seen the defender push on significantly, as he has formed a strong partnership with fellow centre-back Daley Blind.
Should he make the move to Liverpool, it is likely Schuurs would have to undergo a similar transition process according to Statham: “Is he going to be a Liverpool regular in 12 months? I would say no, but that doesn’t mean he can’t become a Liverpool regular should he sign for them – he can definitely go on and play [at the level needed] for a top team in the Premier League.”