Report: 22-year-old 'revelation' refused to join Liverpool because Klopp would not give him starting spot


Liverpool were linked with Van de Ven in the early part of the transfer window. But with the Reds instead strengthening the midfield, the 22-year-old joined Spurs.

So far, that has looked like a big feather in Tottenham’s cap. Van de Ven has been very good in the first portion of the Premier League season. In fact, so good has he been, that he’s referred to as a ‘revelation’ in today’s Reading The Game newsletter from The Independent.

Delving deeper into the Dutchman’s decision to join Tottenham, the newsletter claims that it all came down to one thing: playing time.

Liverpool were reportedly ‘very interested’ in signing Van de Ven, but couldn’t give him the game time he felt he was ready for. The Reds already have strength in depth at centre-back at were said to see the then Wolfsburg man as too inexperienced to start immediately.

While that may have been true, it’s claimed that Van de Ven only wanted to move somewhere he was guaranteed a starting space. Thus, he ended up at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Some fans may be upset about this – and Tottenham fans will no doubt celebrate it – but we’re not too bothered.

It’s hard to argue that Van de Ven would have come straight in and started for Liverpool.

He is a left-footed defender after all. That doesn’t necessarily mean he’d play on the left side of the defence, but that’s where he’s been for Spurs.

Van de Ven may think otherwise, but unfortunately for him there isn’t a world where he comes in this summer and takes Virgil van Dijk’s place.

In fairness to the Spurs man though, he does look a good player. His excellent early season form has now seen him made into a full Netherlands international as well.

But just as with the whole of the Tottenham team, we’re not convinced there isn’t a drop-off coming.

They’ve had a nice run at the start of the season, which continues with a winnable looking game away to Crystal Palace tonight. But karma’s got something for them after Liverpool’s controversial loss there last month.

So, for now this may look an oversight from the Reds, but in time we think it’ll be fine. We’ll find someone better.

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