The pair were extremely good friends during their time at Ajax together and Alderweireld has spoken of his sadness when Vertonghen left the Dutch giants last summer.
He’s described it as a sadness that helped him to step up and become the solid defender he is today, which has prompted several links that he could sign for Liverpool this summer.
However, Alderweireld has suggested he does not want to impart that same feeling of sadness over his teammates and friends at Ajax, which strengthens the latest reports that he’s been put off of a move to Anfield.
Alderweireld is an extremely talented centre back and right back who has been at Ajax since the age of 17-years-old, originally signing for the club way back in 2004.
That ensures that he’s developed many close relationships with various other players and members of staff in the Netherlands, who he would have to give up if he decided to move over to England.
Add to the mix the fact he’s admitted he is experiencing new things with Ajax at the moment, such as a developing air of leadership around himself and his position and it makes it even more difficult to see why he’d leave.
Vertonghen was around the similar age when he left for Spurs last summer, although he did have a higher profile and a bigger role in the Ajax team which led to Tottenham pushing to secure his transfer.
The pair still more than likely talk on a regular basis and it’s important to note there is nothing here related to the Premier League, Liverpool or English football in general which could stall a move.
It’s all related to what Vertonghen left behind when he joined Spurs, the relationships he broke, the sadness he created and the fact that the club will now find it just as difficult to replace Alderweireld if he leaves at any point in the near future.
In one respect it’s quite refreshing to see such an air of loyalty but if you’re a Liverpool fan, it will be very frustrating considering his price tag of around £10 million and the fact he could become an awesome top flight defender.
If there is any chance that Liverpool can get him to go back on his recent rejection of Liverpool transfer rumours, then they have the manager in Brendan Rodgers to pull that off.
Rodgers has shown that he understands how to use younger players in his team and he could easily be able to offer Alderweireld a guaranteed first team place, but it could all come down to the gentle art of persuasion.
Should Liverpool spend a lot of time trying to go after him?
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