Klopp: Liverpool teen no ‘saviour’ for made-up ‘gap’

Will Ford
Jurgen Klopp Liverpool

Jurgen Klopp insists there is no “gap” in the Liverpool midfield following the departure of Georginio Wijnaldum this summer.

The Dutch international has been one of Klopp’s key players throughout his time at Anfield but moved to Paris Saint-Germain this summer on a free transfer.

Naby Keita, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Curtis Jones are all expected to fill the void to some degree, and Harvey Elliott – on loan at Blackburn last season – started and impressed in their win over Burnley.


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And despite the Reds being linked with a number of midfielders to replace Wijnaldum, the Liverpool boss claims his side have plenty of options in that area.

“Wijnaldum played incredible amount of games for us. But if there’s an area of the team where we have the dynamics, there is no gap (in midfield).

“We have players with great skills. Last week doesn’t mean Harvey [Elliott] is the saviour of our midfield problem as we don’t have one.

“There’s no need to buy a midfielder just because there’s one on the market. If people think about it, there’s no real need (for a midfielder).

“If there was one player who could improve all the things, then we would go for it. I promise!”

Klopp says he is not expecting a great deal to happen before Tuesday and the end of the transfer window.

But there was a hint of sour grapes from the Liverpool boss as he made the point that other clubs have strengthened offensively as they have the “resources” to do so.

He said in his press conference: “Other clubs thought they needed to strengthen their offensive parts and had the resources to do it.”

In terms of offensive recruits, Liverpool’s title rivals Chelsea and Manchester United have both added to their squads, bringing in Romelu Lukaku and Jadon Sancho respectively.

And reports suggest Manchester City are edging closer to a deal for former United star Cristiano Ronaldo, a move Klopp describes as “fine” but not “business for the future”.

He added: “I watch that like a supporter, I have no knowledge about it. But it’s not about me to judge that. If other clubs can do things for this, it’s not a business for the future. It’s for now if it happens and that’s how some clubs work. That’s fine.”