Liverpool and Manchester United may have a rare chance to raid Ajax

Christian Eriksen

Ajax team boss David Endt has left his position with the Dutch club which is great news for Liverpool and Manchester United.

Liverpool and Manchester United should now find their pursuit of Ajax’s best young players substantially easier because they now face one less barrier of opposition with Endt’s exit from the club.

Liverpool have been linked with Toby Alderweireld and Christian Eriksen for very long periods of time while Manchester United have been long term admirers of forward Viktor Fischer.

Ajax are a side that have always been very protective over their younger players, which has always made it difficult for foreign clubs to get a foothold in terms of negotiating for the future of those players.

It will still be substantially difficult considering the way Frank de Boer protects his best younger players, stemming from his time as the youth team manager at Ajax, where he now holds the top job.

De Boer oversaw the interviews which eventually saw Tjerk Smeets - a former baseball player - appointed as Endt’s replacement, which means the boss would have had an opportunity to stress what he expects and which players he doesn’t expect to leave.

But Endt’s exit signals an opportunity because he was an individual who had a direct access to the key members of the team as well as a say in the day-to-day running of their professional lives.

It still won’t be easy for Brendan Rodgers, David Moyes and any other interested parties to get access to Ajax’s players but they now have a way in and one less person watching over Ajax’s best young stars who has been there their entire career.

It’s also significant considering the length of time Endt was team manager with Ajax, 16 years in total, which means he would have created and developed substantial experience which won’t be easy for the team to replace.

That’s a long period of time which allows the players and the team boss to forge relationships which are based around loyalty, honest, trust and many other qualities which are quickly diminishing from the game.

It’s a slightly more awkward situation for Manchester United because if the agreement and partnership they were hoping to close with Ajax, which could now be threatened if they try to exploit this situation.

As far as Liverpool are concerned, they have been fighting for access to Alderweireld and Eriksen for a long time so they will more than likely try and seize this opportunity before Endt’s replacement can settle in.

In Alderweireld’s case it won’t make much difference because Ajax seem to have already accepted that he’s going to leave but it could be pivotal if they want to try and get after Eriksen who still seems reluctant to commit to a move away.

Is this an opportunity for Liverpool and United to make their moves?

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