Liverpool were told to sign ‘wonderful’ Man Utd midfielder a month ago and now is the time to strike

Liverpool were urged to sign Donny van de Beek by Ajax legend Sjaak Swart a month ago and now is the time to strike.

No player has moved between the two clubs since 1964 since Phil Chisnall joined Liverpool from Manchester United and that seems unlikely to change.

But can you imagine the uproar if the Reds poached Donny van de Beek to replace Georginio Wijnaldum? One Dutchman for another.

Swart urged Liverpool to make a move

Wijnaldum is officially no longer a Liverpool player after his contract expired on Wednesday at midnight as his PSG terms came into effect.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 07: Georginio Wijnaldum of Liverpool celebrates at full time during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final second leg match between Liverpool and Barcelona at Anfield on May 7, 2019 in Liverpool, England.
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – MAY 07: Georginio Wijnaldum of Liverpool celebrates at full time during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final second leg match between Liverpool and Barcelona at Anfield on May 7, 2019 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

Speaking to Veronica Inside, as quoted by Soccernews.nl, Ajax legend Sjaak Swart had this to say about van de Beek: “He played really great at Ajax, until he left. He was ready for abroad. But at United, they have 8 or 9 midfielders, and you have to intervene, then it takes time.

“That is a choice [about his future] he has to make himself, whether he feels like he needs to leave. I am not worried about him.

“He would fit in like that at other clubs. If I look at Liverpool and Wijnaldum is leaving now, he will be a wonderful replacement. Or Thomas Müller, at Bayern Munich.”

Signing van de Beek is unlikely but not impossible

Despite joining Manchester United for £35m (€40.7m), the 24-year-old made just four starts in the Premier League and is in a tricky position.

While no player has moved between Liverpool and United for almost six decades, it’s bound to happen eventually and van de Beek would suit the Reds very well.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 13: Donny van de Beek of Manchester United reacts as he warms up prior to the Premier League match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford on May 13, 2021 in Manchester, England.
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – MAY 13: Donny van de Beek of Manchester United reacts as he warms up prior to the Premier League match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford on May 13, 2021 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

In his best season with Ajax, he got 17 goals and 13 assists which is an attacking return that only Philippe Coutinho was ever able to come close to for Liverpool from midfield in recent years.

He was a part of that Ajax side that reached the semis of the Champions League in 2018/19, playing liquid football before Spurs’ Lucas Moura scored a superb hat-trick to send the London side to the Champions League final where they were soundly beaten by Liverpool.

If not van de Beek, then who?

Liverpool are unlikely to sign van de Beek even if Sjaak Swart is of the belief he’d be a great fit for the Reds and while there is no rush, Jurgen Klopp and Michael Edwards will be keen to get their summer business done as soon as possible.

Liverpool sporting director Michael Edwards is Jurgen Klopp's key man behind the scenes.
Liverpool sporting director Michael Edwards is Jurgen Klopp’s key man behind the scenes. (Photo by the Bleacher Report)

Of course, the window only closes on August 31st which gives them almost two months to get their affairs in order but with pre-season starting on the 12th of July and the Premier League campaign getting underway on the 14th of August, the sooner all incomings are completed the better.

Saul, Yves Bissouma, John McGinn, Youri Tielemans. Florian Neuhaus and Renato Sanches have all been linked with the Merseyside outfit.

Michael Mongie
Football Central Media Group founder, owner and editor.

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