Klopp defends transfer activity, says Sturridge exit ‘made sense’

Date published: Friday 2nd February 2018 1:16

Jurgen Klopp has defended Liverpool’s transfer activity, insisting Daniel Sturridge’s loan exit ‘made sense’.

Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville have both questioned some of the decisions taken by Liverpool during the January window, with Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge both departing, despite no reinforcements arriving to strengthen their forward line.

Only Virgil van Dijk was recruited for £75million to solidify their back line, while Jon Flanagan and Lazar Markovic joined Sturridge in leaving the club on loan.

Asked whether their top-four chances had been enhanced or damaged Klopp replied: “Neither I would say.

“We did what we thought was right, not everything was in our hands.

“Would we have preferred to keep Phil Coutinho? Yes, I think everyone knows that but I think it was sensible to do it.

“The senior players we gave a loan made sense as well: Marko needed match time, Lazar it was clear he did not play football for a long time and Anderlecht is a fantastic solution – the same as Bolton is for Flanno.

“Daniel wanted to leave as well and with Roberto (Firmino), Dom (Solanke) and Danny Ings we have three players in that position plus maybe Mo Salah on a specific day can play as well so made sense as well.”

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