Jurgen Klopp has issued a teasing update on Liverpool’s intriguing transfer plans, stressing the need for patience in a tough market.
Complicated deals have emerged as a main theme of the club’s transfer window so far with notable pursuits of RB Leipzig’s Naby Keita and Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk having shown early signs of developing into long-running sagas.
That said, deals have already been tied up for Mohamed Salah, who joined for £36.9million from Roma, and young striker Dominic Solanke, who joined from Chelsea.
Klopp has reaffirmed the idea that work is being carried out behind the scenes and that Liverpool are choosing their moments wisely.
“Of course the transfer market opened a few days ago. Yes, it will be a difficult one, maybe it’s getting more and more difficult, especially in England,” he told the official club website, as cited by the Liverpool Echo.
“But we have made a lot of good things so far. If you cannot see it so far, you can imagine we have done a lot of things behind the scenes.”
“Sometimes you need to be patient and that’s what we are in the moment – to wait for the right moment and then we will see what happens.”
A cautious and less-publicised approach is likely to have stemmed from the initial mishap regarding a move for Van Dijk, involving Liverpool apologising for an apparent illegal pursuit and subsequently ‘ending interest’ in the Dutchman.
For now, Klopp’s focus appears to be on the £70million-rated Keita, with various reports suggesting Liverpool are willing to offer the midfielder a £130,000-a-week contract and also meet Leipzig’s hefty asking-price.
Stepping up the club’s efforts to sign Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could also potentially be Klopp’s next move given the midfielder’s availability after his rejection of a new contract at Arsenal.
There’s now doubt that business is going on behind the scenes and considering how the Van Dijk deal initially panned out, let’s hope it stays that way.