Klopp has been talking about why so many players left Anfield in the transfer window.
We had a major clearout over the summer. Out went Joe Allen, Christian Benteke, Mario Balotelli, Brad Smith, Jordon Ibe, Martin Skrtel, Kolo Toure, Jose Enrique, Adam Bodgan, Samed Yesil, and Joao Teixeria – as well as whole host of youngsters on loan. Of course, we made some purchases too – but it felt like a summer of sales rather than a summer of buys.
Of course, one of the reasons is because we have so many fewer games this season – but Klopp has also revealed another, more encouraging reason.
He says he wants to make sure that youngster’s path to the first team is not blocked. He has already developed a reputation for giving the younger players a chance, and he insists he has found a few more gems during the pre-season.
“Our squad was not too small, not too big, but we found a few really good young players in this pre-season where it was like ‘wow’,” he said.
“I had to make hard decisions because we had too many players. If we couldn’t sell them then we did loans because that’s how it was. Otherwise we’d be standing here talking about thirty-something players. You have to make decisions.”
He did, however, suggest the likes of Woodburn and Ejaria might not quite be ready for the first team:
“It’s maybe a little bit too early for them, but not much too early. They are close.”