Liver­pool open to let­ting fringe play­ers go be­fore win­dow shuts

The Irish Times - Sports Weekend - - SOCCER -

Jür­gen Klopp would be open to trim­ming his Liver­pool squad be­fore the trans­fer win­dows close around Europe but in­sists any deal must be right for the club.

The An­field side have done plenty of busi­ness this sum­mer, adding Naby Keita, Fabinho, Alis­son Becker and Xher­dan Shaqiri and al­low­ing a hand­ful of less es­tab­lished play­ers to move on.

Fur­ther out­go­ings seem likely, led by Es­to­nia in­ter­na­tional Rag­nar Kla­van’s £2 mil­lion (¤2.2 mil­lion) switch to Cagliari.

Si­mon Mig­no­let, Lazar Markovic, Sheyi Ojo, Marko Gru­jic and Do­minic Solanke might all at­tract in­ter­est, but al­though Klopp ex­pects teams from around the Con­ti­nent to try and take ad­van­tage of the Premier League’s trun­cated win­dow, he will not be forced into any poor deals.

“I said be­fore, in gen­eral, that’s it’s pos­si­ble play­ers could leave the club and that will hap­pen if it’s good for ev­ery­one,” he said ahead of Mon­day’s trip to Crys­tal Palace.

“The trans­fer win­dow closed in Eng­land, and the whole of the world – the whole of Europe at least – was wait­ing for that mo­ment and they start now try­ing dump­ing [lower] prices to get good foot­ball play­ers. That will not hap­pen. We are not in a fi­nan­cial need.

“No player would leave the club if I would not al­low it. First the sit­u­a­tion is, ‘How is the of­fer, how is the need for us?’

I really think we could give a few play­ers the op­por­tu­nity but we have to see how many. I have no num­ber in my mind at the mo­ment.”

Klopp was asked di­rectly about Solanke’s loan link with Rangers, now man­aged by Steven Ger­rard, but shed lit­tle light on the sub­ject.

“I’m hear­ing about it for the first time now, so it doesn’t seem like it’s close,” he said.

Thump­ing win

Liver­pool are rated by many as the team most likely to chal­lenge de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Manch­ester City this term, and did their cause no harm at all by kick­ing off their cam­paign with a thump­ing 4-0 win against West Ham.

Klopp was happy with every­thing he saw at An­field but is not get­ting car­ried away af­ter 90 min­utes of a 38-game sea­son.

“Peo­ple are still not used to enough good foot­ball from us, be­cause if we are good we are ‘un­be­liev­ably good’. But we didn’t get any­thing for it so far,” he said. “We need to stay pos­i­tive, very good, but stay an­gry as well.

Don’t cel­e­brate the whole week un­til Mon­day and then fall hard.”

Rag­nar Kla­van: de­fender joined Cagliari yes­ter­day for ¤2.2mil­lion

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