Jurgen Klopp responds to Jadon Sancho, Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe links as manager discusses Liverpool’s summer transfer plans
Jurgen Klopp admitted Liverpool may have a quiet transfer window despite recent links to some of the most sought-after players in world football.
The Reds head to Manchester United on Thursday knowing anything less than a win could cost them the chance of a top-four finish, and the Anfield hierarchy will be well aware of the financial implications of a defeat.
Liverpool have most recently been linked with a move for Borussia Dortmund sensation Jadon Sancho, who has rediscovered his electric best after an injury-hit start to the campaign.
Sancho, who has been a long-term target for Manchester United, has flourished in 2021 and stole the show last weekend by hitting a brilliant brace to snatch BVB a vital three points against RB Leipzig.
His in-demand teammate Erling Haaland and Paris Saint-Germain superstar Kylian Mbappe have also been linked with a switch to Anfield.
When quizzed about his summer transfer plans, however, Klopp said he wants his squad to stay intact and admitted he does not think any mega-money moves are feasible.
“It is always how it is,” said the German coach.
“What happens depends on the business, if someone wants to leave, if we sell, stuff like this. That’s why we can never really plan early.
“Not playing Champions League doesn’t help obviously, but it is not our biggest problem.
“The market will be really strange. I hear a lot about big-money moves, is Mbappe going or not, Haaland, Sancho, these kind of things. I don’t see that happening a lot this summer because the football world is still not in the same place it was before.
“Getting players back [from injury] makes us already better. These are our first transfers. We don’t know exactly when that will happen, but it will happen. All the rest, we have to see.
“If we don’t go to Champions League it is not good but there is still a chance. But if not, then we have to deal with that.”
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Klopp was also asked about how confident he was that Liverpool could claw back the ground they lost to newly crowned champions Manchester City this season.
While the defending champions are still battling for a top-four place, City have already been confirmed league winners, with a huge 23 points separating the Premier League title rivals.
The Reds boss added: “And Chelsea, and United! City and Chelsea always had [financial] advantages and we still won the league and the Champions League. So it is about our situation. I never look at other clubs and think ‘they can do this’ or ‘we can’t do that’.
“I am not interested in being the coach of the best team in the world. I am interested in being the coach of the team who can beat the best team in the world. And if two or three of them play in our league, then we will try to beat them.
“It’s absolutely not a situation to moan or cry about. Our situation is fine.”