Saturday 3 December 2016

Klopp will not pay 'Disneyland' fee as Blues ponder Teixeira bid

Sam Wallace and Peter Ferguson

Published 23/01/2016 | 02:30

Ahead of Liverpool’s trip to Norwich today, Klopp said that although he needed to make changes he would not waste the club’s money Photo:Reuters
Ahead of Liverpool’s trip to Norwich today, Klopp said that although he needed to make changes he would not waste the club’s money Photo:Reuters

Jurgen Klopp said yesterday that Liverpool are not prepared to pay "Disneyland money" to secure the services of the Brazilian Alex Teixeira from Shakhtar Donetsk amid growing fears at the club that Chelsea's interest in the player remains strong.

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The Liverpool manager was talking on the day managing director Ian Ayre returned from talks with Shakhtar in Florida. There is no buy-out clause for the 26-year-old and Shakhtar rate the player at €50million (£38m), far in excess of what Liverpool want to pay.

Any move now will be dependent on Teixeira pushing the case with Shakhtar personally, while the Merseyside club feel that their valuation of around £24.5m is more realistic. Nevertheless, with the player also a potential target for Chelsea before the close of the January window at 11pm on February 1, there are no certainties for Liverpool. Chelsea are in the market for a goalscorer, and Teixeira fits the bill in that regard.

Whether he would be an effective understudy, or even replacement for Diego Costa, playing as a central striker, is not clear.

Ahead of Liverpool's trip to Norwich today, Klopp said that although he needed to make changes he would not waste the club's money. Nevertheless, the manager conceded that not all the club's problems could be solved on the training pitch. He has missed the injury-prone Daniel Sturridge and Danny Ings, out with a cruciate ligament tear, among his striking options.

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Klopp said: "I've tried my best, but I don't think in the short term. I knew when I came here, it was not the easiest way to go, that it would be difficult. I had a few problems to solve, which three months ago nobody could know we would have.

"You can't just go, 'We have money', and throw it away and take any players you want. It is always about the decision, you can sign a lot of rubbish with money or you can make really good decisions.

"I cannot say, 'It is only money going somewhere else'. We have money, but we are not in Disneyland and can say, 'Come on, take what you want'. We have a budget, we work with it. We have a lot of things to do; the club is building a stand, this is for the long-term development of the club. I know I can handle pressure really good. Now we have a situation where we think, 'What will help?'

"Who can help from next season on for three, four, five years? In the summer we will have to make decisions; that is normal.

"Now we have to work on this situation and then in the summer, believe me, we will be prepared for the next season." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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