Klopp defends Liverpool transfer policy as top-four rivals spend big
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Heading into deadline day, there were still some Liverpool supporters hanging on to the hope of more signings coming in but they were left frustrated as the Reds sat back as their rivals snapped up late deals. Clubs such as Norwich, Brighton and Crystal Palace all splashed out more money than Liverpool in the market.
Jurgen Klopp stated on numerous occasions that Liverpool would only bring in new players if they felt confident they would improve their current squad.
Ibrahima Konate proved to be the only addition for £36million with most of that recouped in player sales.
But there was no replacement signed for Georginio Wijnaldum while Xherdan Shaqiri’s exit also leaves a hole in Klopp’s squad.
Liverpool did have a host of players linked with moves to Anfield in the summer transfer window though and Express Sport takes a look at what Klopp’s squad could have looked like with more signings.
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Goalkeeper – Alisson, Adrian, Kelleher, Marshall*
There was some talk of Liverpool looking to bring in a new back-up option to Alisson.
Derby’s David Marshall was named as a surprise target for the Reds in the final few days of the transfer window.
But Caoimhin Kelleher has been promoted to the second-choice goalkeeper ahead of Adrian this season.
Alisson signed a new long-term contract to keep him at the club until 2027 last month.
Defenders – Alexander-Arnold, Williams, Gomez, Konate, Van Dijk, Matip, Phillips, Robertson, Tsimikas
Another area where Liverpool were unlikely to improve on their favoured starters, but more squad depth may have been needed at full-back.
Neco Williams remains the main cover at right-back while Joe Gomez can also play at full-back.
But Ibrahima Konate’s arrival means Liverpool are well stocked at centre-back while Kostas Tsimikas has already proven that he is more than capable of stepping in for Andy Robertson.
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Midfield – Fabinho, Keita, Thiago, Jones, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Milner, Elliott, Bissouma*, Neuhaus*
Part of the issue for Liverpool trying to find a replacement for Wijnaldum was due to the amount of options Klopp already has at the club.
Harvey Elliott has already been trusted to play in the advanced role in midfield while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita will be hoping for an injury-free season.
But there was plenty of talk around Liverpool’s interest in both Yves Bissouma and Florian Neuhaus.
Both players fit the mould at Liverpool with the pair being young with bags of potential, while their willingness to run and chase after the ball would fit with what Klopp looks for in a midfielder.
Forwards – Salah, Firmino, Jota, Mane, Minamino, Sarr*, Mbappe* Malen*
Kylian Mbappe to Liverpool has been a pipedream for the club ever since his move from Monaco to Paris Saint-Germain.
In all likelihood, Liverpool won’t be bringing the Frenchman to Anfield anytime soon due to the figures needed to sign him.
But both Ismaila Sarr and Donyell Malen would have been achievable transfers for Liverpool under normal circumstances.
Divock Origi remains at Liverpool for the time being, but Liverpool have made him available to leave.
With Mane and Salah leaving for the Africa Cup of Nations in the New Year, Liverpool may pay the price for not moving forward in their interest for more fire power.
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