Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that none of his players have asked to leave Liverpool on loan or permanently as the Reds step up their pre-season preparations.
Klopp’s men will spend four weeks of their pre-season in Austria with the Reds boss hoping to see some of his fringe players and youth stars step up.
With the likes of Jordan Henderson, Xherdan Shaqiri, Thiago, Jota and Roberto Firmino still away after international duty, there will be opportunities for other players in the squad.
Klopp says the “door is open” to force their way into his reckoning before he decides who will be staying and who will leave in the next month.
“I don’t know. With a few of the younger ones, maybe we have to think about going out on loan, stuff like this, is it the right moment? There’s no final decision yet,” Klopp told Liverpool’s official website.
“These first few days, it’s not the time to think about that because that’s the moment when they all can show up. I prefer to get positively surprised of some of the boys where I think, ‘Oh my God, I didn’t expect him being that close already.’
“We have so [much] movement in the squad if you want, there’s so many players who could step up – for different reasons, the last season was maybe not theirs but that doesn’t mean from now on it will always go backwards.
“No, there’s a chance to make the right steps in the right direction. They were close to the first team but didn’t play often enough. So, the door is open.
“A lot of midfielders not here, so come on, take the chance and play the best football you are able to do and then we immediately get options – it’s always like having new signings.”
Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Shaqiri have all been linked with moves away at some point in the summer.
Swiss star Shaqiri seems the most likely to leave and he stated last month he would decide on his future after Euro 2020.
“I have a contract there and after the Euros, of course. I will talk to my agent and then we will look at the situation. Then we will decide how to continue,” said the 29-year-old.
Salah has been consistently linked with a move to Spain.
Fabrizio Romano recently claimed talks with Liverpool over a new contract were underway.
Salah’s current deal runs through to 2023.
“This is not at the final stages yet,” Romano told Anfield Watch.
‘Calm’ transfer window
“They [the club and Salah] have been talking but nothing is advanced yet.”
Mane has also been touted as a player Klopp could axe after a season of frustration.
Borussia Dortmund recently laughed off talk they could move for the Senegal flier.
And Klopp says nobody has asked to move on.
Klopp added: “I’m really not in a rush about that. If somebody wants to leave, he can come to me and can tell me and then I think about it. Nobody came so far, so obviously no rush from the players’ side as well.
“The market anyway is a really calm one in the moment, I think. There was [Jadon] Sancho and maybe somebody else, OK, Konate we did that early, but it’s a really calm window.
“Let’s see what happens and all of these things. But in the moment, everybody has the chance to impress me and I hope they do.”