Jurgen Klopp has ruled out bringing Marco Reus or Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Liverpool after insisting he has “no intention” of raiding former club Borussia Dortmund.
The newly-appointed Liverpool manager has been linked with a number of his former players, with Reus and Ilkay Gundogan among his list of targets, while Monday’s Paper Talk suggested striker Aubameyang was also on his shopping list when the transfer window opens in January.
But the Reds boss, speaking to German newspaper Bild, insists he won’t poach any players from his former employers.
“I have no intention whatsoever to lure Dortmund’s stars to Liverpool,” Klopp said. “I am not interested in how much money I will be allowed to spend in January.
“It is only October and I don’t even know how many games there are left until the winter. But we clearly have plenty of games left and we will be taking a look at our own players first.”
Klopp, who wants to build a recognisable brand of football at Liverpool, admits he faces a big challenge to turn the Reds back into title contenders, but has warned supporters not to expect instant miracles at Anfield.
“There is no doubt about it that a major challenge awaits. But we were well aware of this. Liverpool have not enjoyed much success in recent years and have changed manager a number of times.
“They have brought in a German now, but I am not a miracle worker either. I will need time.”
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