Ajax coach Frank de Boer admits he is powerless to prevent Christian Eriksen from joining Liverpool.
The Danish midfielder has been linked with moves to both Borussia Dortmund and The Reds in recent month after the 21 year old hinted that his immediate future lies away from Ajax.
None of Eriksen's reported suitors have firmed up their interest with a bid for the Danish international but should Liverpool attempt to prize him away from Ajax, De Boer admits nothing could stop the player leaving.
"It is up to Christian what he wants," De Boer said, according to Sky Sports. "If he feels good going to Liverpool, then it is up to him. I would want nothing more than having him with us for a few more years.
"But we realise the interest in this kind of player is huge. And I can also understand that he wants to make another step in his career. I can't stop him."
Liverpool have already added Iago Aspas, Luis Alberto, Kolo Toure and Simon Mignolet to their squad ahead of the new season but having offloaded Jonjo Shelvy to Swansea City, manager Brendan Rodgers could look for further creative midfield options.
However, according to Eriksen, he has received no interest for his services despite reading plenty regarding potential bids.
"I do not know more about this than you," he told Voetbal International. "If I leave, I have to go to a club that is bigger than Ajax in every way.
"But no clubs like that have shown interest yet. I've read a lot about it, but heard nothing from the club."
Liverpool's main priority remains retaining want away striker Luis Suarez after the Uruguayan stated his desire to leave Anfield this summer after his vilification in the British press.
Despite signing both Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge in the January transfer window, the loss of Suarez would be a significant step back for the club, while sending a stark message to interested players.