Tuesday 24 October 2017

Jurgen Klopp won't budge on number one Liverpool targets during 'complicated' transfer window

Klopp: has 100pc backing. Photo: PA
Klopp: has 100pc backing. Photo: PA

Chris Bascombe

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says he is reluctant to compromise on his priority transfer targets as he navigates his way through a "complicated" transfer window.

Klopp's first choices are well-established - especially Naby Keita, Red Bull Leipzig's midfielder - and although the German coach has not spoken directly about the player, Liverpool have had numerous approaches rejected.

Klopp says he has the "100 per cent backing" of the club's owners but expecting all deals to be complete before his side returned to training two weeks ago was "dreamland".

"We pretty much have all you need. But at the end it is still business," said Klopp. "You go out and see the car that you have been dreaming about your whole life. You say 'here is the money' but they say to you 'I don't want to sell the car'. You say 'but I have got the money' but they say 'I don't want to sell'.

"They say 'go for another car in another colour' but you say 'that's OK but I want this.' Things like this happen in life, not only football. It is pretty simple. You can imagine how it works. It is not that we are doing something that other clubs are not doing - that we are more silly or they are more smart.

"If I could decide alone, we would be complete from the last day of last season - done, shoot, there's the new team, thank you very much - but that is dreamland."

Asked if he had the financial support from the owners, Klopp replied: "One hundred per cent. OK, I didn't ask if I could buy Ronaldo or the other guys from Barcelona but I am absolutely fine with this.

"If they could make it quicker, you can imagine they would be here and trying. It is about how it fits together. We will see." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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