It isn’t quite a transfer rumour yet, but you can be sure by summer it will be, and maybe even sooner. On Monday, Jürgen Klopp was in Copenhagen for a sponsor event. He was asked for his take on Danish football and Danish footballers, and one name stood out.
Young Kasper Dolberg, a 19-year-old attacker who has broken through at Ajax in the Eredivisie this season with ten goals and five assists in 22 games. He has largely played striker, but has also shown an ability to be effective in a wider role. And Klopp is a big fan.
“Who doesn’t know Kasper Dolberg?” he said when asked about some of that nation’s most promising young talent. “You cannot play at Ajax without being noticed. He has a very great future; he is a fantastic player. And I love Danish players.
“I had Leon Andreasen at Mainz. He was a monster. I also have fond memories of Bo Svensson and Mohamed Zidan, he can maybe be half Danish because he is married to a Dane. I really like Danish players. They have a good attitude and a strong mentality.”
Dolberg joined Ajax in 2015 when Ajax poached him from Silkeborg IF’s academy. He recently extended his first contract at the Dutch club and is now signed up with them through 2021, meaning if Liverpool decided to go after him he wouldn’t come cheap.
He was recently given his first appearance for Denmark, being brought on as a substitute against Kazakhstan in November in a World Cup qualifying match. Back in his homeland, football fans are starting to take note. It might be time for Liverpool fans to do the same.