Ajax star dismisses Liverpool transfer claims

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Ajax defender Toby Alderweireld has dismissed claims that he is interested in a move to Liverpool at the end of the season.

The 24-year-old was quoted as saying that the Reds ‘meet his criteria’ by a Belgian newspaper earlier in the month, as speculation over his future became rife.

However, the player insists he said nothing in reference to a move to Anfield, and that there is no truth in the reports.

"I have also read that Liverpool would be interested," he told Dutch newspaper Metro.

"I never said Liverpool would be my next club. Nothing is true about that."

Alderweireld did admit that his future at the Amsterdam Arena remains up in the air though, with the versatile centre back ready to assess his options in the summer.

"Ajax is in every way a fantastic club. We play for prizes every year and we also show good things on a regular basis in Europe. After the season I will look at my options. Possibly, I even stay at Ajax," he added.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is thought to be in the market for a defender, with Jamie Carragher set to retire and Sebastian Coates yet to prove his worth on Merseyside.

However, a move to the Reds now looks unlikely for Alderweireld, who could yet remain in Holland beyond the current campaign.

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