‘I still want to play a couple more seasons for Ajax’: Liverpool dealt heavy blow in pursuit of Perr Schuurs after Dutch defender rules out potential £27m Anfield move, leaving Jurgen Klopp frustrated in seeking replacement for injured Virgil van Dijk
- Liverpool were reportedly weighing up a January move for Perr Schuurs
- Ajax defender has become a star for Ajax and is on brink of Holland debut
- However the defender appears to have closed the door on a move to Anfield
- The 21-year-old claimed he was happy to stay at Ajax following loss at Liverpool
Liverpool‘s hopes of bolstering an injury hit defence in January have been dealt a severe blow with prime target Perr Schuurs revealing he is prepared to turn down an Anfield move.
Schuurs has impressed playing in the Ajax defence this term and Liverpool were reportedly keen on making a £27million move for him in January.
However, after featuring in his side’s 1-0 defeat by the Reds in the Champions League on Tuesday night the 21-year-old admitted he was not ready to leave the Dutch champions.
Perr Schuurs played in the Ajax team against Liverpool in the Champions League on Tuesday
The defender (right) impressed but is prepared to turn down a potential move to Anfield
Schuurs told Ziggo Sport: ‘I have heard and read the stories as well. But this is just my first season as a first-team regular for Ajax.
‘I still want to play a couple more seasons for them, and to help them win trophies. So I am not that concerned about the rumours.’
Jurgen Klopp is desperate to add bodies to a backline that has been decimated by long term injuries to centre-back pairing Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez who are set to miss the majority of the campaign.
Full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold has also been sidelined and it leaves Joel Matip as the only fit senior centre-back.
At just 21-years-old Schuurs has become a star in the Ajax side this term
Jurgen Klopp was hoping he could replace long term injured star Virgil van Dijk
Schuurs joined the Dutch side in 2018 from Fortuna Sittard and after making his debut during the 2018-19 season broke into the first-team on a more regular basis last term.
He has featured 35 times in all competitions for Ajax and was called up to the Holland national team for matches against Poland and Italy in September.
However he has still yet to make his debut at senior level having been left on the bench for both of the Nations League encounters.
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