Liverpool reportedly considered making a major move to sign Ajax Amsterdam’s Donny van de Beek this summer, with the Dutchman valued at £100million.
A report from FC Inter News claims that the Reds, along with Inter Milan, were tracking the Dutchman last season and weighed up making a move but he was considered too expensive.
Just like his former Ajax teammate Matthijs de Ligt, van de Beek was too pricey for Liverpool, who ultimately decided to save their cash in the summer and only spent money on Sepp van den Berg and Harvey Elliott.
Andy Lonergan and Adrian were recruited but both were free agents and were signed out of necessity as Simon Mignolet departed to join Club Brugge before Alisson suffered a serious calf injury.
Van de Beek would have been a fine player for the Reds to sign but such is the depth in quality in central midfield that Liverpool didn’t need him and that’s before Ajax’s £69.5m valuation came into consideration.
With Naby Keita on his way back to full fitness, Jurgen Klopp is overburdened with options in central midfield which will come as a blessing with fixture congestion soon to become an issue for the Reds.
The Reds will have Premier League, Champions League, FIFA Club World Cup and potentially League Cup fixtures to contend with in December so Klopp will need every single one of his players fit.