Former Red John Aldridge believes Liverpool should forget about signing Ajax captain Matthijs de Ligt and focus instead on securing a left-back this summer.

De Ligt, 19, has been linked with a move to Anfield for several weeks, with various outlets reporting that the switch is happening while others throw cold water on it.

But with the likelihood of the centre-back joining Jurgen Klopp’s side diminishing by the day, Aldridge has urged his former side to invest their time and money in getting a suitable backup option at left-back to compete with Andy Robertson.

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Aldridge wrote in the Irish Independent: “While I said that a deal to sign Virgil van Dijk’s Dutch central defensive partner Matthijs de Ligt would be great for Liverpool, the money he and his agent appear to be demanding means he will end up elsewhere.

“Instead, Klopp needs to focus his defensive reinforcement by signing cover at left-back following the departure of Alberto Moreno, as a long-term injury to Andy Robertson would be a major blow given they don’t have a quality stand-in.

“The return of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from injury will feel like a new signing in midfield and if he starts performing at the levels he was producing before he picked up his long-term problem, he could be a very useful asset for Liverpool next season.

“Despite my musings here, Liverpool are not in need of too many changes this summer after Klopp’s back-up players confirmed they have what it takes to step up to the plate when they came from 3-0 down to beat Barcelona in the Champions League semi-finals.

“Yet the great teams strengthen when they are in a strong position and if Klopp can add a couple of extra components to his magnificent machine, Liverpool will be ready to take on Manchester City in an era when 90 points is the bare minimum required to challenge for the title.”

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