Jurgen Klopp was coy on Liverpool’s possibility of signing Jonas Hector or Martin Odegaard when asked by German publication Ran following the Mainz game.
Rumours have suggested both payers actively want a Merseyside switch, but Liverpool’s manager said this isn’t the case as far as he knows because neither player has called him.
“Neither Hector nor Odegaard called me and told me they want to be Liverpool players,” he said after our 4-0 defeat yesterday.
A left-back is thought to be a priority, and for most fans, Germany international Hector would fit the bill. He’s defensively more stable than Alberto Moreno – who’s looked poor throughout pre-season. Time will tell if we choose to invest in another before the window slams shut in three weeks’ time.
Odegaard would be an interesting signing and more of an experiment if anything – as we’re already jam-packed full of attacking midfield options. He’d likely feature for the Under-23s, but he’s frustrated at playing for Real Madrid’s second team at the moment so we can’t see why we’d be an attractive loan option…
Klopp wanted Odegaard at Borussia Dortmund, and the Norwegian is a big Liverpool fan, but he chose Real Madrid and the Spaniards will not allow him to leave permanently.