Former Tottenham midfielder and Dutch pundit Rafael Van der Vaart says that he does not think Liverpool target Perr Schuurs is ready for the big stage.
Van der Vaart says that Schuurs is being exposed in the Champions League for Ajax and thinks that he needs to develop more to be able to compete at that level.
Liverpool are reportedly monitoring Schuurs as they consider a move for the defender in the January transfer window, having played against him in the Champions League this season.
Speaking on Studio Voetbal, as transcribed by Tribal Football, Van der Vaart gave his opinion on Schuurs.
“He is being punished internationally, but in the Netherlands you can get away with it. He has developed well, but he also has to get better very quickly in the Champions League.
“He’s just not ready for that yet.”
ANFIELD WATCH VERDICT
Schuurs’ stats for the season do suggest that Van der Vaart is correct in his assessment of the defender. He has a WhoScored rating of 7.05 in the Eredivisie, in seven appearances, but that drops down to a 6.48 in the Champions League. This suggests that Van der Vaart is right when he says that Schuurs is exposed in the Champions League, whereas in the Dutch league he can get away with some of his mistakes and still look impressive.
Taking this into consideration, it could be worth Liverpool holding fire with their interest in the youngster. If he has not developed enough to compete in the Champions League, he may not be ready yet for the Premier League and being a viable option for Jurgen Klopp. It could, instead, be more beneficial to leave him at Ajax for the next couple of seasons and seeing how he improves his game and performs for them in European competitions.
If Schuurs starts to consistently produce in the Champions League, or Europa League, then it could show Liverpool that he is ready for a big move. This could then trigger serious interest from Liverpool, if they still want to sign him, and then they could need to hope that no other teams snap him up before that.
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