Monday 26 February 2018

Reds prepare for rebuilding job

Marko Grujic. Photo: Robert Cianflone/FIFA via Getty Images
Marko Grujic. Photo: Robert Cianflone/FIFA via Getty Images

Chris Bascombe

As the Liverpool players drowned their sorrows in the hotel bar in the aftermath of their European despair in Switzerland, Jurgen Klopp made a promise during a rousing speech: "We will play in many more finals."

Klopp was sitting with his squad in Basel's Novotel as the laments about the 3-1 defeat to Sevilla headed into the early hours. Recognising the despondency, the Liverpool boss tried to lift the mood.

He said: "This is just the start for us." Klopp then led his squad in a rendition of The Kop chant "We Are Liverpool" - a defiant response to the second final loss in four months.

The German coach not only has morale to rebuild before the start of next season, but also his squad.

Midfielder Marko Grujic and centre-half Joel Matip have already signed. By next week, Liverpool hope to have secured the £4.7m signing of 22-year-old goalkeeper Loris Karius from Mainz.

The most high profile deal would be the capture of Germany World Cup winner Mario Gotze from Bayern Munich for around £20m. Liverpool have been pursuing Gotze all season, despite competition from Borussia Dortmund. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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