Jurgen Klopp has flat-batted questions about Liverpool’s reported interest in Bayern Munich’s wantaway midfielder Thiago Alcantara.
The German boss, who refused to confirm whether Dejan Lovren was heading out of the club at his Melwood press conference on Friday, was characteristically coy on the matter.
Anfield insiders were quick to dismiss the Thiago stories earlier this month, as they denied they had held talks over a possible transfer.
And TEAMtalk were informed once more that Liverpool had made no attempts to bring Thiago to Anfield. Even though Klopp has previously confirmed he is an admirer of the 29-year-old midfielder.
Klopp though has always been uncooperative regarding transfers and he demonstrated that once again, despite Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge saying they are likely to sell Thiago this summer.
“He is a top boy on and off the pitch,” Rummenigge said at the start of the month.
“We had serious negotiations with him and fulfilled all of his wishes. But it looks like he might want to do something new again at the end of his career.
“We have never had any contact with Liverpool. If he wants to do that, we have to deal with it.
We don’t want to lose a player for free next year. I say that very clearly.”
Klopp though was playing his cards close to his chest when asked about the Spain international.
He told Sky Sports Germany: “I have no idea who will play for me next year, there is nothing to say at the moment.
“Thiago Alcantara is a great player, but also a Bayern Munich player. So that’s it, I’ve actually said everything. There is nothing to say about it! ”
‘Lampard needs to learn a lesson’
Meanwhile, believes Frank Lampard needs to learn a big lesson after revealing what really annoyed him about Wednesday night’s spat.
Chelsea boss Lampard uncharacteristically lost his cool during the 5-3 Anfield defeat and got himself embroiled in a heated exchange with the Liverpool bench.
Footage emerged showing the incident which ended with The Times claiming Lampard said to Klopp: “You can f*** off and all. You think you can give it the big one? F*** off.”
The Blues boss brushed it off in his post-match interview and said he had no problem with Klopp.
“Fair play to Liverpool Football Club, they’ve won the league, but also don’t get too arrogant with it. That was my point, but it’s done. In match play, you can get emotional and that was it,” Lampard told Sky Sports after the game.
Klopp was asked about the “arrogant” comment at his Melwood press conference on Friday.
“Speaking afterwards about it is not ok, Frank needs to learn and he has a lot of time to learn because he is a young coach,” said Klopp.