Jurgen Klopp has joked about the chances of Atletico Madrid signing Manchester United-linked striker Edinson Cavani, saying that the Uruguayan’s addition could hamper Liverpool’s chances of Champions League progression.
Liverpool will meet Diego Simeone’s Atletico in the last 16 of the Champions League next month, with Paris Saint-Germain forward Cavani heavily linked with a move to the Spanish club this month.
United have also been credited with interest in the 32-year-old and have allegedly been offered the chance to bring him to Old Trafford on a free transfer when his deal expires in the summer.
When asked about the potential transfer in Friday’s press conference, Klopp said: “I think that [Alvaro] Morata and [Joao] Felix are already dangerous enough.
“They have enough good strikers so I hope they don’t sign Cavani.
“But I heard that Thomas Tuchel [PSG manager] said he needs him as well. I haven’t really started analysing Atletico, I watched them a lot but not on an analysis basis.
“We will do that and we will see if we will have to involve Cavani or not.”
In more pressing concerns, Liverpool face Manchester United on Sunday, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side still the only side to have taken Premier League points off the Reds so far this term.
However, Klopp’s team come into the clash boasting six successive clean sheets in all competitions, dating back to the 1-0 win over Flamengo in the Club World Cup final.
Klopp said of his side’s recent solid defence: “We were never concerned about not having them. You want them because it makes it likely that you win.
“We’ve never conceded the same type of goals. It’s a lack of concentration here and there, not a clear pattern. It’s about just getting used to each other and having luck in the right moments.
“It was not about Adrian, it was just getting convinced with each other. Life in football without luck, you don’t have a chance. Tottenham and Wolves had shooting opportunities. We haven’t defended perfect last six games, lots of room to improve.”
Elsewhere, Klopp cleared up his previous comments about United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer setting his team up to defend in recent games between Liverpool and the Red Devils.
He said: “The games [against United] weren’t what you imagine when United play Liverpool.
“Both teams tried to win it. The last two away games were especially strange. United only defended, I said. I think. It was probably true.
“I felt it in that moment, it’s strange when you play against a high-quality opponent and they play that way.”