Liverpool told no deal over €13m Dutch playmaker


Liverpool have been dealt a decisive blow in their pursuit of PSV Eindhoven midfielder Kevin Strootman.

The Dutch international playmaker emerged on the Anfield radar in November, with both The Daily Mirror and Sunday People claiming the Reds had taken a keen interest in the 21-year-old.

Kenny Dalglish even sent Liverpool No.2 Steve Clarke to watch the player in action for Holland, but agent Chiel Dekker has insisted his client will be staying the Eredivisie for the rest of the campaign.

"Kevin will definitely finish the season at PSV. There haven't been any concrete offers yet, but even if that happens, he will not leave the club," Dekker told Voetbal International.

"He has only been playing at this level for six months and it wouldn't be a wise decision to make the next step already."

Strootman moved to the Philips Stadium from Utrecht in the summer transfer window, and has instantly impressed for Fred Rutten's side.

His form has led to speculation over a move across Europe, with Liverpool cited as one of the Barclays Premier League suitors in the former Sparta Rotterdam starlet.

The Reds are being tipped to make a midfield move this month, with Dalglish hoping to bring skipper Steven Gerrard back to action slowly and Brazilian international Lucas Leiva out for the rest of the season at Anfield.

'King Kenny' confirmed that FSG have made funds available last month, but whether the Liverpool boss invests on new players in the next three-and-a-half weeks remains to be seen.

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