Monday 28 May 2018

Klopp plans to keep Coutinho cash in bank

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp ready for a vital clash against Tottenham on Sunday. Photo: PA
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp ready for a vital clash against Tottenham on Sunday. Photo: PA

Chris Bascombe

Jurgen Klopp does not expect to re-invest any of the £142 million (€160m) received for Philippe Coutinho in this transfer window and insists his Liverpool squad are unshaken by the shock defeat at Swansea.

Adam Lallana's latest injury setback, allied to the possible departure of Daniel Sturridge next week, will not influence Klopp's longer-term vision for filling the void left by Coutinho.

Klopp says it is "not really likely" Liverpool will make any moves before the deadline.

"We are always constantly looking. My iPad is full of players from all over the world," said Klopp. "But specific? No. Our situation is always the same, we look all year. So, why should I stop now only because the 31st is here?

"We do that all the time, the only thing is, with one or two players, if we make a decision, is it for now, is it for the summer? That is the only difference."

Klopp's only significant move since Coutinho's departure was for RB Leipzig's Naby Keita, who is already secure for next season. With the German club refusing to allow the midfielder to move early, Klopp is happy to wait.

Lallana's latest injury, described by Klopp as a "slight muscle tear", will keep him out of today's FA Cup tie with West Bromwich Albion.

It is unwelcome, with the England midfielder's creativity desperately needed to add balance to the side with Coutinho gone.

That was apparent in the defeat by Swansea last Monday, although Klopp is prepared to see that as a rare aberration as it ended an 18-game unbeaten streak.

"It is a long time since it happened, but it has happened before," he said. "If we can widen the gaps between these games it would help a lot, of course.

"I didn't want it, I felt it was unnecessary. With all respect to Swansea, they didn't have a lot chances - if they had any - apart from the goal.

"We had a very average game but we had big chances: Mo Salah, (Sadio) Mane, Roberto Firmino, and then Adam at the end, really big ones. (Manchester) City and Swansea were different games and during the week, because of illness and little issues, there was one session we could not do that we usually do - tactical, offensive, where we stand etc.

"We couldn't do it and I had to accept that. We spoke about it and we needed to speak about it again at half-time, and that was what made me really angry."

Sturridge may still stay, but more bids are expected next week as interested parties try to force through a favourable deal.

Sturridge is available today and Danny Ings, Alberto Moreno and Jordan Henderson are also pushing for a return.

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