Liverpool have probably not been as active on the transfer window so far as many would have anticipated, with their sole big-name arrival coming in the form of Egyptian ace Mohamed Salah.
Salah’s arrival on the wings adds further options to Liverpool’s already bolstering array of wide-players and doesn’t stand out as an area where the Reds particularly needed improvements, although the opportunity of signing the former Chelsea man was too good to turn down.
Since Salah’s arrival, the Reds have put all their eggs in Naby Keita’s basket but have had issues in landing the Guinean international, as breakthrough Bundesliga side RB Leipzig are determined not to sell their prized asset, but Jurgen Klopp is standing firm.
Speaking to The Telegraph, Klopp dropped suggestions towards Liverpool’s continued pursuit for Keita and made it clear he won’t eye an alternative, with the German boss determined to land his ‘dream’ signing and not settle for less.
“We pretty much have all you need. But at the end it is still business,”
“You go out and see the car that you have been dreaming about your whole life. “You say ‘here is the money’ but they say to you ‘I don’t want to sell the car’. You say ‘but I have got the money’ but they say ‘I don’t want to sell’.”
“They say ‘go for another car in another colour’ but you say ‘that’s ok but I want this’. Things like this happen in life, not only football. It is pretty simple. You can imagine how it works. It is not that we are doing something that other clubs are not doing – that we are more silly or they are more smart.”
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“If I could decide alone, we would be complete from the last day of last season – done, shoot, there’s the new team, thank you very much – but that is dreamland. It is always complicated,”
“I read in Germany that there are still transfers in the Bundesliga for £5million. You can imagine that happening in England? No chance. Yet it is similar quality.
Whilst it’s easy to see why Liverpool, and Klopp in particular, don’t want to end their interest in Keita, it will be problematic if they put all of their efforts towards signing the midfielder and ignore the other gaps within their squad that need strengthening.
The need for a left-back has been present for a while now and Liverpool could also do with a top-class striker, as their current options don’t match the superstars that rival clubs boast within their ranks.