Liverpool are eyeing up a move for Ajax starlet Christian Eriksen as a long-term replacement for Steven Gerrard, according to reports in Denmark.
Eriksen has attracted interest from some of Europe’s leading clubs since being named Dutch young player of the year for the 2010/11 season.
Manchester United were said to be courting the talented youngster after his two displays against the Red Devils in the Europa League last season.
The Danish international’s sterling performances at Euro 2012 further enhanced his reputation, and while there were rumours of a move to either Manchester United or Barcelona over the summer, Eriksen himself insisted he was staying put until the end of the 2012/13 season.
Now it appears as though Liverpool have earmarked Eriksen as the man to replace Steven Gerrard when he eventually retires from the game.
Sporten.dk reports that Liverpool have stepped up their interest in taking Eriksen to Anfield this week, while the player himself admits he is flattered by news of the Mersyside club’s interest.
“It's very cool that the focus is from one of the big clubs (Liverpool). It's very special, but I have not really thought about a club transfer in any way,” he told tipsbladet.dk
Eriksen also confirmed once more that he is likely to leave Ajax at the end of the season, but would not be drawn on the rumoured interest from Liverpool as well as Manchester United.
He said: “We do not know yet. It really depends on the season and how it all looks like summer”
Eriksen’s contract expires in 2014 while Steven Gerrard’s deal with Liverpool is believed to expire in 2015, although recently the Liverpool skipper intimated that he could sign a contract extension that will keep him in a red shirt well into his mid-thirties.
Last month Liverpool were linked with a move for Malaga’s Isco as well as Ander Herrera as a replacement for Gerrard.
Manchester United’s midfield woes are well documented, and it was reported over the summer by the Daily Mail that Eriksen had asked for a £20 million summer switch to Old Trafford.