Liverpool FC boss Jürgen Klopp will add to his squad. I still believe this.
Back in June I wrote in another editorial: ‘I have every faith that Liverpool will strengthen and that supporters will be happy with the acquisitions.’ I’m standing by this claim, although I admit I do have a bit of a ‘squeaky bum’ about my stance.
I continue to be informed that the boss has 2 options that he could push through. It had been 3 but he withdrew his interest in Matthijs de Ligt due to the inflated figures involved. So why isn’t he pushing ahead? Because in his opinion, both players are overpriced. I was told that Liverpool’s sporting director Michael Edwards spoke with Klopp only yesterday as to whether or not the Liverpool manager wanted to proceed with one of the deals due to a follow-up from the player’s camp. As yet, there has been no sign of any movement.
I’ve maintained all summer that Klopp is just biding his time with a couple of deals and it sounds like this remains the case. The money is there and the support is there. I get the impression that he’s going to leave it to the last minute before committing to something in the hope of securing better deals for the club. There is, of course, a risk that other suitors could step in with offers but that appears to be a gamble he’s willing to take.
For now, I’m going to continue keeping the faith that something will go down. Usually, around now at this late stage in a transfer window, I’d feel that business looked unlikely. Right now though, I still believe that at least one player will come in. It wouldn’t surprise me if we landed both an established attack-minded player and a rookie of some description for the defence, but for now, I’m just hoping to see at least the one deal go through before the window slams shut.
Of course, I have absolutely no idea what the outcome will be but those who are better positioned than me insist the manager is calm and that options remain on the table. We’ll just have to wait and see.
IS KLOPP UNHAPPY WITH THE CLUB’S TOP BRASS?
Before signing off I want to touch on some claims that you may have heard over the last few days that suggests the manager is unhappy with the club’s hierarchy.
I haven’t heard anything credible along those lines but a well-placed source at Melwood has today rubbished these rumours to me (as also mentioned on the KopTalk members’ website by others). However, I do believe that the manager was a little unhappy with some of the club’s pre-season arrangements. I don’t think that this is anything more than a minor grumbling, though.
The manager is in no rush to discuss a new contract which has alarmed some supporters. His current deal runs until 2022 and he has pledged to never walk out during that and I believe him. The club’s owners want him to extend but behind the scenes his agent insists Klopp isn’t motivated by a pay-rise and subsequently doesn’t feel the need to capitalise on his Champions League success like many managers would have done.
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