Liverpool reportedly have no interest in signing Matthijs de Ligt this summer.
According to The London Evening Standard, the Reds are in the market for defensive reinforcements, but coveted Ajax captain de Ligt is no longer on their radar after a long standing interest.
The report states that Liverpool are discouraged by the potential £61 million outlay it would take to land the Dutchman.
de Ligt is arguably Europe’s most coveted young player at the moment, having shone for Ajax for the past couple of years.
de Ligt is still only 19 but has been on the scene since 2016/17.
He has already racked up 117 first-team appearances for Ajax, featured in a Europa League final and a Champions League semi-final and become club captain.
He would undoubtedly strengthen Liverpool, but one man who might be somewhat relieved about the club’s stance is Joe Gomez.
Gomez was in inspired form for the Reds in the first half of the 2018/19 season, before a leg break against Burnley forced him to miss most of the second half.
He’s now lost his place in the side to Joel Matip, who deputised superbly for the young Englishman.
de Ligt signing for Liverpool would have perhaps seen him fall further down the pecking order.
Virgil van Dijk’s position in the starting XI is certain, and if his fellow countryman pitched up at Anfield then Gomez would surely be staring at a regular place on the bench – thankfully for him, that doesn’t seem like a possibility now.