Klopp Chelsea reaction
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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will not have a full squad of players to select from in the Premier League this season. Klopp was left a player light after the Reds failed to meet the league’s homegrown quota.
Liverpool’s transfer business over the summer was underwhelming, with defender Ibrahima Konate the only significant arrival at Anfield.
With unrest among supporters growing about the lack of signings, the club made moves to stabilise the existing squad.
And all of Jordan Henderson, Nat Phillips and Rhys Williams signed contract extensions on deadline day earlier this week.
Williams immediately moved to Swansea City on loan after signing his new deal, joining Sheyi Ojo, Jake Cain and Luis Longstaff in temporarily leaving Anfield on loan.
And the departure of that quartet means that Klopp is left with just seven homegrown players, short of the allocation for the Premier League.
Premier League squads are permitted to contain 25 players, but just 17 of those can be non-homegrown players.
A homegrown player is determined as someone who “has been registered with any club affiliated to The Football Association or the Football Association of Wales for a period, continuous or not, of three entire seasons, or 36 months, before his 21st birthday (or the end of the season during which he turns 21).”
And Liverpool have just seven such first-team players available – meaning that Klopp has been forced to name an official Premier League squad with one player short.
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The news will only add to the impression that things aren’t quite right at Liverpool this season – a claim made by Gary Neville prior to the international break.
“I was at the game on Saturday, Liverpool v Chelsea, and I said after the game – sometimes you can’t put your finger on it [but] something’s not right,” Neville told Sky Sports.
“Not bad. There’s no massive spirit issue, or the manager falling out with players. Nothing like that.
“You can just feel it and see when something is right. It’s just not there [now], that team has gone a little bit just over the edge.”
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Liverpool’s 1-1 draw with Chelsea took them to seven points from three games at the start of the Premier League campaign.
Klopp’s side will resume after the international break with a visit to Leeds United on Sunday 12 September.
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