No new left-back, but Klopp ‘very happy’ with transfers

Date published: Saturday 10th September 2016 11:53

Jurgen Klopp: Happy with his business

Jurgen Klopp has congratulated himself on Liverpool’s summer transfer business, despite failing to sign a left-back.

The Reds were expected to draft in a new full-back to replace Alberto Moreno, but after failing to agree a fee for Leicester youngster Ben Chilwell, Klopp decided not to strengthen that area of his squad.

That leaves Moreno and James Milner as their left-back options until January, but Klopp believes their transfer business, which saw plenty of players leave Anfield, has been “really good”.

Christian Benteke (£27m), Jordon Ibe (£15m), Joe Allen (£13m) and Martin Skrtel (£5.5m) were all allowed to leave, contributing to sales of around £70m, while they only spent around £68m on new recruits.

Asked about the transfer profit, Klopp said: “Nobody has congratulated me! To be honest, I’m not interested in expectations and opinions from outside.

“We did our job and we all think we did it really good. Now we have to prove it.”

Liverpool have offloaded 13 players who appeared in last season’s Premier League, either permanently or on loan, but Klopp says that kind of exodus should never happen again.

“The thing is it was really busy and it should not be that busy.

“Our squad was not too small, not too big, but we found a few really good young players in this pre-season where it was like ‘wow’. It’s maybe a little bit too early for them, but not much too early. They are close.

“I had to make hard decisions because we had too many players. If we couldn’t sell them then we did loans because that’s how it was. Otherwise we’d be standing here talking about thirty-something players. You have to make decisions.

“If you sell a player and he really performs for the next club you just say: ‘sorry, we didn’t see it or whatever’. You have to be ready for that.

“But a busy transfer window like that shouldn’t happen too often. And it will not happen. But we all agreed on this. I’ve been here 11 months now and this is what we needed to do in the summer.”

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