Klopp provides transfer update after Liverpool friendly

Date published: Sunday 8th August 2021 9:21 - James Holland

Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says more signings could be made before the transfer window shuts on August 31.

The Reds have brought in just one new player so far, with French centre-back Ibrahima Konate arriving from RB Leipzig for £36million.

They’ve been linked with a host of other players, including Atletico Madrid’s Saul Niguez, Yves Bissouma of Brighton and Real Madrid playmaker Martin Odegaard.

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Following Liverpool’s 1-1 friendly draw with Athletic Bilbao, Klopp was asked about the situation.

“I am very happy with the squad, but it doesn’t mean that we don’t look at the market,” he said.

“But as long as nothing happens, I am more than happy with the squad I have. I am more than happy with the players I have.

“We have so many things that you cannot sign. You cannot sign our counter-pressing, you cannot sign our atmosphere that we create in the stadium, you cannot sign Anfield, you cannot sign our anthem.

“You cannot sign a lot of things and that’s what we have to use. There are other approaches out there, obviously, and we have influence on that. Our situation is like it is.

“We have a big squad and there might be something happening until the end of the transfer window, but I cannot say anything about that at the moment.”

The club’s title rivals have made moves to improve their squads, with Manchester City breaking the British transfer record to sign Jack Grealish.

Champions League winners Chelsea are closing in on a deal for Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku.

Liverpool will be boosted by the return of influential centre-back Virgil Van Dijk, however.

He missed a large part of the 2020/21 campaign as Klopp’s side finished third in the league.

Van Dijk managed 71 minutes in their match against Bilbao and started to show signs that he’s getting back to full fitness.

One concern for Liverpool is Scottish left-back Andy Roberton, who came off injured before half time.

The player fell awkwardly when trying to block a cross and could miss their Premier League opener against Norwich City on Saturday.


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