Klopp de­lighted by cut-price Liver­pool stars

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Liver­pool boss Jur­gen Klopp will keep an open mind on the Reds’ par­tic­i­pa­tion in the trans­fer mar­ket, after sign­ing off on an un­beaten pre-sea­son with a 3-1 win over Ath­letic Bil­bao. The Reds boss watched 19-year-old sum­mer sign­ing Do­minic Solanke score again, along with 17-year-old Ben Wood­burn, while Alberto Moreno im­pressed at full back.

Klopp shelled out a club record £34 mil­lion to Roma for Mo­hamed Salah this sum­mer, and £8 mil­lion for Scot­tish full back Andy Robert­son from Hull but he’s been en­thused by the im­pres­sions made by those who cost lit­tle or noth­ing.

“We’ve al­ways said that un­til Au­gust 31 we’ll run through the world with open eyes, that’s clear, but it’s not us alone who de­cides about these things. It’s all about other clubs [too],” said Klopp. “I thought today and this pre-sea­son brought us new play­ers, if you want. Alberto Moreno is 100 per cent back, which is very nice after a re­ally dif­fi­cult year.

“An­drew Robert­son shows all the skills he has, of course he still has to adapt to our way of play­ing but you can al­ready see what a threat he can be of­fen­sively. “That means James Mil­ner is free for mid­field, so with­out be­ing in the trans­fer mar­ket we have a new mid­field player, which is nice.

“Do­minic Solanke, I think he’s al­ready shown that he’s ready for some adult foot­ball. Ryan Kent, I’ve known him for one­and-a-half years and last year he de­vel­oped un­be­liev­ably well and this pre-sea­son is com­pletely dif­fer­ent to last pre-sea­son, he’s com­pletely showed up now.

“So, with­out pay­ing too much money or the high­est trans­fer fees we have ad­di­tions in the squad. That’s good.” Roberto Firmino scored the other goal for Liver­pool in Dublin, in front of over 50,000 Liver­pool fans, but there was no sign of fel­low Brazil­ian Philipe Coutinho, who has been linked with a move to Barcelona.

Daniel Stur­ridge and Adam Lal­lana were also miss­ing through in­jury, with the lat­ter out for up to three months, but Klopp says he must now fo­cus on next week’s Premier League opener against Wat­ford.

“Ev­ery­body knows about the in­jury to Adam Lal­lana, it’s a big blow, but this team deals with so many dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tions and they will deal with this,” Klopp said. “Phil (Coutinho) had back prob­lems yes­ter­day and today so there was no rea­son for any risks, the same with (Jor­dan) Hen­der­son. He was a lit­tle bit ill, so we said ‘OK, no risk today’. Daniel, of course, has a lit­tle mus­cle prob­lem, but the squad is big and I thought I saw today that a few boys re­ally showed up.

“We will ro­tate, that’s clear, that’s not my prob­lem at the mo­ment, I’ll pre­pare for the Wat­ford game from to­mor­row on and then the next game, and then the next game, and then I’ll think about how we can do this.” —AFP

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