Liverpool have been encouraged in their pursuit of Ajax midfielder Christian Eriksen after Ajax manager Frank de Boer revealed he will allow the player to leave.
"It is up to Christian what he wants," De Boer said. "If he feels good going to Liverpool, then it is up to him. I would want nothing more than having him with us for a few more years."
The former Ajax and Barcelona player accepts that a player of Eriksen's qualities will attract interest from around Europe.
"But we realise the interest in this kind of player is huge," De Boer explained. "And I can also understand that he wants to make another step in his career. I can't stop him."
Liverpool are believed to be interested in Eriksen. Reds manager Brendan Rodgers previously revealed that the club are still looking to sign an attacking midfielder. After losing out on Henirkh Mkhitaryan to Borussia Dortmund, Rodgers now has a clear opportunity to bring in the Danish Eriksen, who would join with countryman and Denmark captain Daniel Agger at Anfield.
At 21, Eriksen certainly fits into Liverpool's transfer policy of buying young players with re-sale value. The player made his debut for Ajax in January 2010 and has since cemented his place in the team. Last season, Eriksen scored 13 goals in 45 appearances for the club.
If the transfer does materialise, Eriksen would be Liverpool's fifth signing of the summer after Kolo Toure, Simon Mignolet, Iago Aspas and Luis Alberto. Alberto, who made his debut for the Reds in the 4-0 win over Preston North End last Saturday has spoken of what he hopes to achieve in his Liverpool career.
Alberto Hopes To Replicate Xabi Alonso
Liverpool's new signing Luis Alberto hopes to achieve success parallel to that of Xabi Alonso, who won a European Cup and an FA Cup with the club.
"It would be great to have the same success that Xabi Alonso enjoyed in his time here," Alberto told Liverpool's official website.
"For me not only is he an excellent player but also a real professional who you have to admire because it's something to be proud of that we have players like that in Spain," he added.
Alonso is a favourite amongst Liverpool fans who remember him fondly of scoring the equalizing goal in the final of the European cup in 2005. If Alberto can show Liverpool fans qualities similar to Alonso's, he is likely to win their support like his Spanish compatriot.