Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is adamant that the impending arrival of Thiago Alcantara will not affect the future of Georginio Wijnaldum.
A laughing Klopp said his “hands were tied” regarding speaking about Thiago, who is heading for Melwood on Friday to complete a £25m transfer.
The German coach refused commit himself regarding Thiago, after publicly refusing to confirm Liverpool’s interest in the midfielder all summer.
Klopp said: “There’s nothing really to say because I have learned it isn’t official until it’s announced. I’m not an announcer so I don’t know what I can say. But it looks quite promising!
“Hansi Flick is a successful man and nice person but nothing to say. It’s not official until it is announced. My hands are tied. It will be quite useful as a fan to look at some LFC channels over the day and we will see what happens.
“Most of the things I will say if it happens will be obvious. It’s tricky now for me!”
Asked if it was coup to land the player, he added: “I will answer all these questions after he signs. You will have to wait. I cannot answer these questions now.”
There remains a question mark over the future of Georginio Wijnaldum. The Dutch midfielder is out of contract next summer and although reports claim he has decided to stay at Anfield, there has been no indication of the 29-year-old signing a new deal.
Wijnaldum is understood to be a target for Barcelona, with new boss Ronald Koeman eager to link-up again with Wijnaldum. Koeman managed Wijnaldum while he was in control of the Holland national side.
Klopp outlines philosophy
Klopp though insists the arrival of Thiago will not affect Wijnaldum.
“If it happens it has no impact on anyone’s future in a negative way. Someone has to leave? No. No impact,” said Klopp.
“What we earn from football, we spend on football. That’s our philosophy, one of our key points.
“It’s about timing. Sometimes you sell, sometimes you buy. What we earn in football, we spend in football. That’s a pretty short summary of the club.
“It’s one of the key points. We constantly do that. Sometimes people like it, and sometimes people like it later.
“We are consistently looking at improvement. The window itself leaves the window open. October 5, so that is always the same. I cannot promise we will do something and I cannot say it is 100% sure we don’t do anything. It’s the situation, it is developing.
“A player could ask me boss I want to, I don’t expect that, but we have to react and these things can happen.”