Three Liverpool targets named; Klopp’s ‘positive’ talks

Jurgen Klopp is confident Liverpool will have more pulling power this summer amid reports naming three of his transfer targets.

The German boss will head into his second pre-season at Anfield sure that the Reds’ on the field progress will aid them when they start to add to their squad over the next few months.

According to Klopp, the club have held “very positive” talks as they look to land his top targets armed with a vert healthy warchest.

The Liverpool Echo claim the summer will be “the biggest spending spree in the club’s history” and they, along with the Guardian have revealed a trio of transfer targets.

Bayer Leverkusen wideman Julian Brandt, Red Bull Leipzig holding midfielder Naby Keita and Southampton centre-back Virgil van Dijk are believed to be on Klopp’s wanted list.

And Klopp says Anfield is now a much easier place to sell to prospective new players as they close in on a place in the Champions League.

Asked if was easier to sell the club this time around, Klopp said: “Yes, I think it will be.

“I think that Liverpool at this moment is a really interesting project for players.

“We cannot say 100% we will play Champions League football next year. But it’s a young team, it’s a fantastic club, it’s a good situation where we really can see the progress of the team.

“So I would say together with Tottenham, the average age of the team is such that there’s still a lot to come.

“They are obviously a few steps ahead, but they have played longer together maybe. We feel in a good way, and if a player wants to be part of this way, then it’s easier to make this decision this year than last year.

“But actually not a lot of players told me last year: ‘I don’t want to be part of this, but let me see what happens next year and then we can talk again.’

“It’s more my feeling than anything I could say about what a player thinks. But the talks we’ve had so far are very positive.

“That doesn’t mean it will all work out, but they are really positive, and they all see the progress. That’s good.”