Ajax defender Toby Alderweireld has refuted suggestions he is interested in a move to Liverpool this summer.
Alderweireld has been a near ever-present for the Dutch league leaders this season, making 30 domestic starts and playing an influential role in his side opening up a four-point lead over PSV Eindhoven at the Eredivisie summit.
The Belgian centre back was quoted earlier this month claiming a move to Liverpool would appeal as he assess his options ahead of the new campaign, but the 24 year old has rejected those claims and suggests he could even stay in Holland beyond the summer transfer window.
"I have also read that Liverpool would be interested," Alderweireld told Dutch newspaper Metro.
"I never said Liverpool would be my next club. Nothing is true about that."
"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," he added.
"After the season I will look at my options. Possibly, I even stay at Ajax."
The statement is a significant change of tune from the towering defender, who said not a fortnight ago that Liverpool match his future ambitions.
"I do not want to play in an English club in mid-table," said Alderweireld. "Unlike Newcastle, Liverpool meets my criteria."
Brendan Rodgers will no doubt seek to improve his options at Liverpool this summer and with Jamie Carragher set to retire at the end of the season and Martin Skrtel and Sebastian Coates out of favour, a new defender is likely to be high on the Northern Irishman's list of new recruits.
At 24 and already with a wealth of domestic and European experience, Alderweireld represents the prime candidate to fill the vacant role at the heart of The Reds defence.
After a lacklustre summer in the transfer window, Rodgers signed both Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho in January, both of whom have gone on to make significant impacts; helping to cement the Merseysiders' top half status.