Alderweireld snubs Carrow Road to give the Reds hope.
Ajax defender Toby Alderweireld has turned down a move to Norwich City adding further to the speculation that the Belgian is holding out for a Liverpool transfer.
Norwich and the Dutch champions agreed a fee for the 24-year-old, but Alderweireld couldn’t settle on terms at Carrow Road and has previously seen a switch to Bayer Leverkusen fall through.
“The problem was not that Norwich didn’t fit Toby’s ambitions, but we simply failed to agree terms,” the centre-back’s agent Soren Lerby told Algemeen Dagblad.
Alderweireld himself is still confident that a deal will come about to a top club, although if is doesn’t the Belgium international is happy to stay in the Netherlands.
“There is still other interest and a transfer takes a long time,” the defender told Voetbal International.
“We’re only in mid-July it can still be done. If a nice club comes, it can go fast.
“If there is nothing, then I’ll just stay at Ajax.”
Whether this is a ‘come and get me plea’ to Liverpool is unknown, with the Reds having been strongly linked with the Ajax man for some time.
Alderweireld is a product of the youth academy at the Amsterdam Arena and since breaking into the first team in 2008 the centre-back has played 181 times for the club.
The Ajax captain has also earned 25 caps for Belgium since making his full senior back in 2009 and regularly plays alongside Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany at the back.
Brendan Rodgers is keen to strengthen the defence at Anfield with stalwart Jamie Carragher having retired and question marks over the capabilities of Sebastian Coates.
Kolo Toure has already arrived from City on a free transfer but Rodgers wants further acquisitions before the transfer window is closed.