As much as we need a defender, this particular rumor is probably bullshit.
Liverpool need another senior defender in the squad. Liverpool needed another senior defender in the squad when Dejan Lovren departed for Zenit St. Petersburg in the summer. And now? With Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez out for the season? Liverpool really need another senior defender.
Well, if reports out of Italy are to be believed—and they probably shouldn’t—Liverpool have submitted a £27 million bid for 21-year-old Ajax defender Perr Schuurs. The report comes from publication and frequent monger of rumors Corriere dello Sport.
It is decidedly unlikely that this Italian publication has any connections to Ajax, Liverpool, the player, or his representatives. Instead, this is much more likely to be pulled out of thin air (or elsewhere).
Logically, it’s not hard to see why they would come up with this particular rumor. A) Liverpool need a defender. B) Ajax have a defender. C) Rumor.
The fact that Liverpool and Ajax play each other this week makes the rumor all the juicier. But if it’s true, it’s almost certainly not because Corriere dello Sport have the inside track, but rather because they just got really lucky.
Although Ajax have a track record of producing talent, 21-years-old is still very young for a defender. Plus, this is the first year that the young center back has gotten anything resembling regular first-team minutes; indeed, he’s already racked up more senior appearances this year than he did in his previous 2 seasons.
I’m sure this is just one of many transfer rumors involving defenders that we’ll see between now and January.