Jurgen Klopp’s frustrating transfer window continues as he pursues some new signings, urging Liverpool to retain their belief in the midst of an unconvincing start to 2017 and said his transfer plans haven’t materialised because clubs refusing to sell prized assets in January.
- The players we want because we think they help us, the clubs don’t sell.
- It is not about money in this situation.
- We are prepared to move, but for the right player.
Liverpool’s poor start to 2017
Liverpool’s 12-month unbeaten record at home in the Premier League came to an unexpected end on Saturday when relegation-threatened Swansea City recorded their first league win at Anfield. Some truly awful defending allowed Gylfi Sigurdsson to score the winner. initially going 2-0 up, Liverpool had pulled it back to 2-2 in dramatic fashion and favourites to get all the 3 points. This now means that Liverpool have not won any of their past three league matches.
Naturally Klopp is pretty angry about the situation, exacerbated by the poor result against Swansea, however for most it was the way they defended. Klopp blames “passive” defending for the defeat, the poor work on the field resonates through to the crowd, which in turn doesn’t help the players as they are naturally buoyed with a positive atmosphere. “After we equalised the fans believed. Before I’m not sure, but that is how it is. We have to do the job, we know about this 100%, and yes, stay in the race. Mentally, of course, that is important here. I have no problem with this and this, of course, is a hard way. When you win 10 games in a row you are flying and it is easy to believe. When you are in the difficult moments, that’s when you have to stay on track and still believe, and that is what we see. We as a team, 100% no doubt, we still have belief. But around [the fans], we have to see.”
As reported earlier in the month Jurgen Klopp was to be handed £40m to boost his squad, much-needed money to help out whilst Sadio Mane is at AFCON. Liverpool have shown strong interest in;
- Bayer Leverkusen winger Julian Brandt
- RB Leipzig’s Emil Forsberg
- Spartak Moscow’s Quincy Promes
- Borussia Dortmund winger Christian Pulisic
- Midfielder Mahmoud Dahoud from Borussia Mönchengladbach
Whilst Klopp does not expect to make significant signings this month, he says it is not for the want of trying. Liverpool’s main business before the transfer deadline could be to offload Mamadou Sakho. Despite being a target for several Premier League clubs his high wages seem to be putting off them signing him.
“I understand it is absolutely normal that people ask whether we should have brought players in. The situation is yes, on the one side pretty simple, but on the other hand it is pretty difficult. It is not that we don’t want to bring players in. We do. But the thing is, the players we want because we think they help us, the clubs don’t sell. It is not about money in this situation, it is the winter transfer window.” Klopp said.
“Clubs are saying ‘No, we have half a year to go, we cannot find another player like this, we prefer to take money in the summer than a few pounds more in the winter than whatever’. So it is pretty easy. You see the situation. It’s tight, it’s close, we know that, but if the right decision is not possible in signing the right player then you cannot make the wrong transfer.”
“It is not as if there are 20 players out there who could make this team stronger, who are running around and are available. That is the situation. That is why I say we know the situation, we are prepared to move, but for the right player. We are not the only side who can decide the outcome of that, though, are we? The selling club makes the decision too.”