Klopp defends Liverpool transfer policy as top-four rivals spend big
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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is reportedly in agreement with club officials on what signings they would likely make on deadline day. There are only a few hours left in the transfer market and Liverpool’s only signing of the summer was made back in May when Ibrahima Konate arrived from RB Leipzig.
Multiple reports have emerged on what Liverpool could do in the transfer market with a replacement for Georginio Wijnaldum touted as a possibility.
There has also been discussions on a potential attacker coming in to provide cover for Liverpool’s forwards.
Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane are set to miss a number of games in the New Year when they travel with Egypt and Senegal respectively for the Africa Cup of Nations.
But it appears as though Klopp is happy with the current options at his disposal, despite Xherdan Shaqiri’s exit.
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According to the Liverpool Echo, Liverpool will only make signings they believe can make a drastic difference to the current squad.
But there is also the suggestion that Liverpool’s targets may not be available at the price they want them to be.
“It’s about the targets who we think are good enough; they need to be available and at a responsible price,” one source told the Liverpool Echo. “And responsible doesn’t mean cheap.
“We know it’s not popular on social media but we won’t buy just to satisfy people’s irrational lust for a transfer.
“Anyone we buy in midfield needs to be good enough to get in ahead of Fabinho, Henderson, Thiago, Keita, Ox, Milner, Curtis and now Harvey.
“[We] would ask people demanding a midfield signing – how much do you think a player who’s good enough to get in ahead of these boys costs? And how readily available are they?”
Klopp made it clear last week that he wasn’t expecting a new midfielder to join his squad in the transfer window.
He said: “Curtis Jones is 20 years old, played, I don’t know, 15-20 games last year – he can make and will make and has to make the next step.
“Naby Keita obviously didn’t play a full season so far exactly how he expects that or we could have expected it, but he had always really good games – big games we won where he started. Now he’s started this season twice.
“Would he have played if Gini was still here? I don’t know obviously, but maybe not.
“Then we have Thiago who didn’t start the games, we have Hendo who played only one of the games, we have Oxlade-Chamberlain with the dynamic you cannot buy in the moment if you wanted to buy a midfielder.
“And probably I forgot one – Fabinho of course. So that’s the situation and there is no need just to buy a midfielder because somebody is on the market.
“I cannot help [the media] unfortunately, because obviously you are very interested, and I can sadly not help the supporters who want us to sign a player just to get somebody in and feel then, for the moment ‘now we did our business as well, now we should be ready.’
“However, if you are really with us and really think about it, you will realise there is no real need.
“And if the player, the one player who is really the one who could improve all the things we spoke now about we would go for it, I promise. If we would see him.”
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