As Ajax continue to roar through this season's Champions League, their 19-year old captain Matthijs de Ligt is quickly becoming the hottest property in world football. The central defender is widely expected to leave the Amsterdam club this summer, and there will be no shortage of interested parties.
Many expect him to follow teammate Frenkie de Jong to Barcelona, but he has yet to make a decision on his future. Juventus, Manchester City and Tottenham have all been linked, while Liverpool are also in the mix.
Ajax coach, and club legend, Ronald de Boer admitted de Ligt would likely be on his way at the end of the season. He gave a list of three clubs that de Ligt could consider, seemingly suggesting that a move to Anfield could be the best option.
For De Ligt it is up to him. He has to look at a team for him and find out what he wants.
Does he want a team that has fun and most of the time on the ball, that's nice, or he goes to a team that gives it away.
For me, Barcelona, Man City, Liverpool. Liverpool wants the ball. Those are teams I would give him advice to go there.
Were he to end up at Liverpool, it could benefit Dutch football. He would link up with international defensive partner Virgil van Dijk, something that would only benefit The Netherlands.
This is something that is not lost on de Boer, who also praised the maturity of the Ajax captain.
For me, a 19-year-old boy, captain of Ajax, he’s the guy who is next to van Dijk in the national team.
He’s so strong, determined to be a winner, unbelievable. You can see it in front of the camera, his interviews, I’ve never seen it from a 19-year-old boy, I’ve never seen that before.
For me, he can play in every team, if he goes to a defending or attacking team. He can play in any team because he’s so good.
He can easily come to the Premier League – he can choose every team in the world.