Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has spoken out on the club’s transfer business, saying that he is ‘not happy’ with the way it went. He also expressed his disappointment at Ronaldo’s move to Manchester City.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp spoke out on the club’s transfer business and Cristiano Ronaldo’s impending move to Manchester City.
Jurgen Klopp has warned Liverpool fans to anticipate a quiet finish to the transfer window as he follows Cristiano Ronaldo’s imminent move to Manchester City “as a football fan.”
While Liverpool’s competitors have spent the cash and set records this summer, Klopp’s lone acquisition is Ibrahima Konate, who joined from RB Leipzig for £36 million in May.
Klopp was said to be keen on bringing in a replacement for Gini Wijnaldum, with Brighton’s Yves Bissouma being strongly linked, but it seems the Reds have completed their business with only four days before the transfer deadline.
The German told the media before of Liverpool’s match against Chelsea that the club’s lack of transfer activity would not be used as an excuse if they failed to compete in the Premier League this season.
‘Do I anticipate a hectic four days for us? To be quite honest, I don’t think so,’ Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp told reporters on Friday.
‘You never know what could happen. How much does it alter the situation? Yes, some clubs’ choices did not worsen, and that is evident.
‘But, in the end, there are so many other reasons and methods to win a football game, and it isn’t necessarily about bringing in new players.’
‘It’s a little sad that I have to say it every time, but we brought Ibrahima Konate, who was not cheap.’ He was also expensive.
‘Obviously, all the offensive players that the other teams are signing are things they felt they needed. They also had the financial means to do so.
‘We understand the issue, but we will not use it as an excuse in any game.’ We’ll go for it with all we’ve got.’
Cristiano Ronaldo told Massimiliano Allegri of his decision to quit Juventus at an explosive news appearance on Friday.
Manchester City are reportedly putting the final touches on a deal for the legendary ex-Manchester United attacker, and Klopp, like the rest of the footballing world, has been keeping eyes on the rumours in recent days.
‘I really watch it like a football fan.’ I don’t know anything more about it – you probably know a lot more about whether it’ll happen or not,’ he said.
‘But, once again, it is not for me to pass judgment on that or anything else.’ It’s simply that if other teams can do things like this, it’s clearly not a sustainable economic model. We shall reap the benefits of it in three to four years; nevertheless, it is for the time being.
‘If it occurs, that is how certain clubs operate, and that is clearly OK. However, there must be other options. Teams over the next two or three years must exist.
‘You have to be successful. It’s fantastic if you can win trophies, but even with the greatest team in the world, it’s not feasible every year.
‘And if that isn’t feasible, you must still ensure that you grow as a team, as a club, which is exactly what we do. Anything else and everything else is out of our control, and we’re keeping an eye on it just like the rest of you. We’ll have to wait and see what happens.’
Despite numerous rumors to the contrary, Klopp is convinced that Liverpool’s midfield has more than enough strength to manage without Wijnaldum.
‘Of course, Gini Wijnaldum played a tremendous number of games for us,’ he said. A fantastic player, a great performer. I’ve seen him at PSG a few of times and thought to myself, “Oh yes, that’s Gini!”
‘Even when we prepare for an opponent like Chelsea and watch our games against Chelsea, you can clearly see Gini sprinting about, and we have to get accustomed to it.’
‘It’s not only on the field; we miss him in the locker room as well.’ So far, so good, but the natural reaction is to lose a midfielder and not replace him.
‘If there is an area on the field where we really have all of the various skillsets, all of the different dynamics, inventiveness, defensive-oriented, offensive-oriented, and all of these things, that would be it. There isn’t any void.
‘We don’t need to bring in another one, because we already have guys with exceptional abilities.’ Because we don’t have a midfielder, Harvey [Elliott] isn’t the rescuer of our midfield issue. Harvey would not have played this game if Gini were still alive.
‘He did his part, and he did it well.’ I thought there was a high possibility he’d do well before the game, and he did. We also have others. Curtis Jones is a 20-year-old player who appeared in 15-20 games last season. He is capable of taking the next step and will do so.’
Klopp said, “Naby Keita hasn’t played a whole season yet, but he’s always had really excellent games.” If Gini had been present, would he have played? I’m not sure, but it’s possible.
‘Then there’s Thiago [Alcantara], who didn’t start, [Jordan] Henderson, who only appeared in one game, [Alex] Oxlade-Chamberlain, who has a dynamic you can’t buy right now if you want to purchase a midfielder, and Fabinho, of course.
‘That is the scenario since there is no need to acquire a midfielder simply because someone is available.’
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