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Jose Mourinho has made incredible prediction about new Liverpool transfer target

Dean Huijsen greets his supporters after the Serie A TIM match between AS Roma and Genoa CFC at Stadio Olimpico on May 19, 2024 in Rome, Italy.
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Liverpool could be in the market for a new defender this summer - and their latest target has been tipped for big things by Jose Mourinho.

Dean Huijsen is attracting interest from Anfield ahead of the transfer window, according to TuttoJuve. The young Dutch defender has emerged as one of the brightest prospects in Italian football but could now earn a move to the Premier League.

The 19-year-old spent the second half of last season on loan at Roma from Juventus, joining their Serie A rivals in early January. It was Mourinho who was in charge when the move was made, although he was sacked less than two weeks later, meaning their time together was brief

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However, Mourinho made it clear when Huijsen was signed the level of faith he had in the talent of the centre-back. He declared he is one of the top prospects in all of European football - a verdict which certainly bodes well for Liverpool if the club does indeed try and make a move.

“I think that we all know who he is, he is an 18-year-old boy, who has 10 minutes in Serie A, but who is one of the highest quality prospects in European football at this age level,” Mourinho declared. “He will be a great footballer in the future.”

It’s claimed Borussia Dortmund and Newcastle United have also expressed an interest in Huijsen. His agents are currently in talks with Juventus over his future as he seeks more regular first-team football at the highest level.

He played 13 Serie A games for Roma last term. Although first-team opportunities have so far been limited at Juve, he signed a new deal until 2027 last summer.

The 6ft5 defender was born in the Netherlands, who he represented until Under-19s level. But he is also a Spanish citizen after his family relocated to Marbella when he was five years old and he has represented Spain Under-21s.

He recently posted a farewell message to Roma, writing on social media: “Thank you, wonderful Roma, for these 6 months full of emotions, I had the privilege of experiencing your passion for this team and these colors.”

Liverpool has lost Joel Matip, and despite the emergence of Jarell Quansah, may look to bolster its defensive options for new manager Arne Slot in the summer. One man set to get a chance to impress is Sepp van den Berg, who had a good loan spell at Mainz and will now get a pre-season under Slot before a decision is made on whether to cash-in amid interest from clubs around Europe in his services.

liverpool.com says: Mourinho may not be the manager he once was, but he’s generally a good judge of talent. And his comments on Huijsen’s potential suggest there might be a real player in there if Liverpool does decide to make a move.