Jurgen Klopp showcased his unique way with words again today as he turned a focus towards Liverpool’s summer transfer business.
The Reds boss used a saying from back home to reference his approach to luring his main targets to Anfield in the upcoming window.
“I really forgot a lot of the things I said in the past! What I thought was that if Champions League is the only thing they’re looking for then I can’t. I don’t want him,” he told the Liverpool.
“But if it’s part of whatever and the player has different options and the others play Champions League and we are the only club that doesn’t- it’s all about if he’s the right player.”
“In Germany we say we have to eat a lot of frogs. We have to wait for different reasons, we have to take it. Bite the bullet, yes.”
“The better the players, the more other clubs want them and we cannot go for players saying only that Liverpool is a wonderful city. We are in good talks and we’ll see what happens but it would help to qualify.”
Securing a place in next season’s Champions League has emerged as a must, especially if Klopp is to stand any chance of attracting his priority targets to the club.
RB Leipzig’s Naby Keita is a key example in that respect with the midfielder also subject to interest from a number of other top European sides, including Bayern Munich. Besides this, Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk has also become an in-demand man with Premier League clubs seemingly queuing up for his signature.
Even Klopp himself appears to have succumbed to the reality that consolidating a top four spot will be crucial in deciding on the level of talent he is capable of bringing to Merseyside.
The next few months have the potential to be a defining period in the former Borussia Dortmund man’s long-term Liverpool project.