Liverpool reportedly see young Torino centre-back Perr Schuurs as a primary transfer target this summer, according to a fresh transfer update.
The start of the new Premier League season is slowly edging closer, and with the Reds’ players returning for pre-season, the opening game away to Chelsea doesn’t feel too far away.
While Jurgen Klopp and his squad will no doubt be preparing hard for the 2023/24 campaign, there is still plenty of focus on transfers currently, following a summer productive summer to date at Anfield.
Last season’s ailing midfield has been given a new lease of life with the signings of Alexis Mac Allister and Dominik Szoboszlai, coming in from Brighton and RP Leipzig respectively, but Liverpool’s business must not conclude there.
Another midfielder is needed in order to truly transform it, while in defence, a left-sided centre-back appears to be an area of focus, with both Levi Colwill and Goncalo Inacio emerging a candidates to come in.
According to Football Insider, however, it is Schuurs who has now arguably jumped to the front of the queue, following a key update:
“Perr Schuurs has emerged as a top target for Liverpool this summer, sources have told Football Insider. The centre-back ticks a lot of boxes for Reds boss Jurgen Klopp and is seen as a young player with the potential to develop into a top class defender.
The 23-year-old is also viewed as a cheaper alternative to some of the other big name centre-halves that are available this summer.”
Our thoughts on Liverpool’s potential signing of Schuurs…
Schuurs has the ability to be an exciting alternative to Colwill and Inacio, having actually been compared to Liverpool legend Virgil van Dijk in the past.
At 23, he is still young but could be seen as a slightly older and more experienced option to the other aforementioned targets, racking up 95 appearances for Ajax and then 33 for Torino, not to mention winning 17 caps for the Netherlands’ Under-21s.
The fact that Van Dijk could be used as someone who can nurture his compatriot Schuurs is something that Klopp could possibly be looking at, too, and an average of 3.2 clearances and two aerial duel wins per game in Serie A last season outline the dominant defensive attributes he possesses.
In an ideal world, Colwill would still arguably be the most exciting centre-back addition, given his ever-growing reputation, but Chelsea will be very hard to persuade when it comes to forcing a move, and Schuurs could be another strong option if a transfer fails to come fruition.