Liverpool are still looking for new signings but won’t prioritise transfer business over the team’s on-field activity.
That’s the feeling of Jurgen Klopp, who has reaffirmed how happy he is with the squad he currently has at his disposal amid growing pressure on the Reds to bring in further reinforcements.
The importance of bringing in another central defender has been a main topic of conversation amongst fans since Saturday’s 3-3 draw at Watford, with Liverpool yet to have advanced in their pursuit of Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk.
Speaking in Thursday’s pre-match press conference ahead of this weekend’s Crystal Palace clash, Klopp explained that he is unsure whether the club will be busy on transfer deadline day.
When asked about potential signings, he said: “Unfortunately, my English is not good enough to give 500 different answers on the same question! You can obviously see the whole market worldwide is quite difficult. A few teams are still looking and we are looking, but that’s what I do when I’m not actually on the pitch or not thinking about training or not thinking about the next game.”
“Of course we think [about] what we can do, but if the transfer window would have ended yesterday, we would already have a team which I like and which we can play football with. Of course, [we have] injuries here and there and that’s not too cool, but still in this moment a good team.”
“The transfer window is a very important time, no doubt about this, but it’s also important what we do with the actual team. We will see what happens, I cannot change the answer because I don’t know.”
“A few things can happen on both sides, but obviously everything leads to the direction of August 31 and it will, I can imagine, be a busy day, and if we [will be] involved in this busy day I don’t know, but we will see.”
Klopp’s tight-lipped approach comes as no surprise after Liverpool previously landed themselves in trouble regarding the alleged tapping up of Van Dijk.
One growing belief to emerge amongst supporters is the idea targets may be waiting to see if the Reds make it through their Champions League playoff clash with Hoffenheim before making a decision on their future. A very strong possibility given how key the lure of European football is.
Liverpool’s manager is famously not a big fan of deadline day, although the manner in which the summer has panned out means any potential deals could go down to the wire.
Expressing the confidence he has in his current players is something Klopp has to do and should by no means be perceived as him not wanting to add a couple of new faces.
Let’s hope there are a few surprises still to come.