Liverpool legend tips Jurgen Klopp to make ‘statement’ signing this month

Date published: Monday 9th August 2021 11:34 - Matthew Briggs

Liverpool boss Jurgen klopp pre-season friendly Anfield August 2021

Robbie Fowler says he would be very surprised if Liverpool do not make a “statement” signing before the summer transfer window closes.

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has left the door open on a new arrival at Anfield.

Liverpool have only added Ibrahima Konate to their squad this summer, but Klopp has hinted there could be more additions.

Klopp said: “I am very happy with the squad, but it doesn’t mean that we don’t look at the market.

“As long as nothing happens, I am more than happy with the squad I have. I am more than happy with the players I have.

“We have a big squad and there might be something happening until the end of the transfer window, but I cannot say anything about that at the moment.”

And Liverpool legend Fowler believes Klopp might just have a “big signing” up his sleeve before August 31.

Fowler, 46, told The Mirror: “I know Liverpool are concentrating hard on securing their stars on long contracts, but I’d be amazed if they don’t make a big signing before the window closes.

“It’s a big season for them after the injury ravaged disappointment last time around, and I think they do need to make a statement.

“Don’t get me wrong, to have players like Alisson, Fabinho and the rest signed up until 2026 and beyond is massive. I think they’ll get Salah and van Dijk to agree new deals too, and that’s the basis for a fabulous team.

“Players don’t live in bubbles. They can see what’s happening elsewhere, they see their rivals making signings they know will make a difference, and they want their own club to do the same.

“Signing a player the rest know is quality and can make a difference can be massive for morale, as well as results. Going into a season there is a real buzz, and a sense of excitement.”


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Konate ‘one for the future’

Liverpool have been linked with a number of midfielders and attackers this summer.

Adama Traore’s name has once again circulated, along with West Ham’s Jarrod Bowen. While Florian Neuhaus, Brighton’s Yves Bissouma, Atletico Madrid’s Saul Niguez and Lille star Renato Sanches have all been mentioned as targets.

Fowler thinks the Reds need an fresh injection of talent, especially if injuries bite again this season.

Fowler added: “Liverpool need it. If they have an injury free season they won’t be far away from the top. But as I’ve said, not signing players means you’re going backwards these days. Especially when others are signing proven Premier League performers.

“Konate is a good signing, but one for the future. He’ll add depth and can develop. But I think Liverpool do need someone who can come in and make a difference for them. They’ve lost [Georginio] Wijnaldum who was a key player, and signing a top player to replace him would be huge.”

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