“Do I expect four busy days for us? Not really,” says Klopp; Watch Liverpool vs Chelsea live on Sky Sports Premier League and Main Event on Saturday from 5pm; Kick-off at 5:30 p.m.
Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool have “no real need” to sign a central midfielder in the closing stages of the summer window and do not expect any further additions to Anfield before the transfer deadline.
Defender Ibrahima Konate joined from RB Leipzig after Liverpool agreed to pay their £ 36million release clause in May and the center-back will bolster the Reds’ defensive options this season after being hampered by long-term injuries in the 2020-21 season were sent to Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip.
But central midfielder Georgino Wijnaldum, who helped Liverpool to their first Premier League title last year and their sixth European Cup win in 2019, has moved to Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer and the club has not looked for a replacement for the Dutch international.
Before his side’s clash in the Premier League against Chelsea, Klopp said live on Sky Sports: “There is no need to buy a midfielder just because there is one on the market.
“When people think about it, there is no real need [for a midfielder]. If there was a player who could improve everything we would try.”
The rise of 20-year-old Curtis Jones to the first team, the return of captain Jordan Henderson to fitness, Naby Keita at the beginning of the first two games of the season and the presence of Fabinho and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the squad have convinced Klopp that he does not need another Depth in the central midfield area.
He added: “[Georginio] Wijnaldum has played an incredible number of games for us, but if there is one area of the team where we have the momentum, there is no gap [in midfield].
“We have players with great skills. Last week doesn’t mean Harvey [Elliott] is the savior of our midfield problem since we don’t have one.”
“I can’t help the fans who want us to sign a player just to win someone.
“When we have an area on the pitch where we have all the different skills, dynamic, creative, defensive-oriented, offensive-oriented, all these things – there is no gap.”
When asked about further moves in the transfer window for Liverpool, Klopp added: “Do I expect four busy days [staying in the transfer window] for us? Not really.
“Again, it’s a bit disappointing that I have to mention it, of course, but we got Ibrahima Konate and it wasn’t a bargain or whatever.
“But all these offensive, offensive players who sign other clubs, that’s obviously something they thought they needed and they had the resources to do it.
“That’s the situation, but we won’t use it as an excuse in any game. We’ll just try.”
“Ronaldo no sign of the future”
Klopp said a potential Premier League return for Cristiano Ronaldo, who has informed Juventus that he is leaving the club, would be a short-term investment and has defended Liverpool’s ethos of how their squad evolves compared to their high-level rivals.
Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes has reached out to Manchester United to propose a deal that would see Ronaldo return to the club he left 12 years ago after Manchester City cut off talks to sign the 36-year-old.
Saturday’s opponent Chelsea signed Romelu Lukaku for £ 97.5million earlier this month, while the other top six Premier League teams have also spent a lot on the window.
Klopp insists the Reds will not use their rivals’ summer transfer activities as an “excuse” in games this season.
He said, “Cristiano [Ronaldo], I saw [Transfer Story Break] like a football fan. I no longer have any knowledge of it. Probably you [the media] have a lot more knowledge of whether it will happen or not than I do.”
“Again, it’s not up to me to judge. If other clubs can do things like that, it’s not business for the future [like] in three or four years we will benefit from it.”
“It’s not a business for the future, it’s for now, right now.
“That’s how some clubs work, but there have to be other ways. You have to develop as a team, as a club, and that’s what we do.”
“First and foremost, I think there could of course be a commercial aspect to [Lionel] Messi and Ronaldo, but I don’t think PSG brought Messi because of the commercial [advantages].
“Maybe yes, I don’t know. You brought him because Messi still has a lot to give for the football team, that’s it.”
“And if Cristiano comes to the Premier League, I think that’s the first intention in this case too. Nobody has come to me yet … I never had to make a commercial commitment – whatever that means.”
“Nobody asked me about it and if someone came [offering a player] I would think about it, but it has never happened before.”
Klopp predicts difficult Chelsea test
Liverpool and Chelsea both took maximum points from their first two top games of the campaign before the clash between two of the Premier League title challengers on Saturday’s top class.
Klopp’s team will be looking to rehabilitate after a brilliant strike from Mason Mount from just outside the box gave Thomas Tuchel’s side a 1-0 win in the two teams’ last clash at Anfield.
Despite the setback in the FA Cup final against Leicester City last season, the Champions League and UEFA Super Cup winners have been commanding since Klopp’s compatriot arrived at Stamford Bridge and Tuchel has only lost five games as the Blues head coach.
Klopp said: “I expect a very difficult game for both teams, I don’t think there is an easy way through every line. Thomas Tuchel’s teams are very well organized, I’m sure [on Saturday] and it will be one pretty big fight.
“It’s one of those games that I would 100 percent watch. Chelsea are obviously in a really good moment, they won the Champions League in their last club game last season and they played a really good last half of last season, since Thomas came.
“They brought Lukaku into play, which of course doesn’t make them worse. They’re tough opponents, but we’re not in a worse moment either and hopefully we can show that.”
James Milner will miss the game against Chelsea this weekend but Andy Robertson could be set to return and Klopp announced that he will challenge Kostas Tsimikas for the left-back seat after the Greek international started Liverpool’s last two games.
Klopp on the rise of “sensational” Tuchel
Jürgen Klopp remembers the first time he saw Thomas Tuchel’s team. It was 2009 and the final of the U19 competition in Germany. Tuchels Mainz meets Borussia Dortmund. Klopp watched with Christian Heidel, his old sports director.
“It was my former club against my current club,” Klopp told Sky Sports. “Andres Schurrle was in the Mainz team. Mario Götze was the best known name among Dortmunders. I would have watched this game anyway because it was a great season for both teams.
“The rest may be a nice story.”
Mainz won the game and Tuchel won an admirer. Klopp then turned to Heidel and explained that while Dortmund had the better players, Mainz had the better team. That summer, Heidel acted quickly to appoint Tuchel as the club’s new first-team coach.
“He won the final and a few weeks later he was manager of the first team and did an extraordinary job,” remembers Klopp. Tuchel led Mainz into the top half in its first season and briefly at the top of the Bundesliga in its second. Klopp consistently had a unique insight.
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