Jurgen Klopp gave a detailed interview to TV2 and he dropped another major hint that Liverpool are working on transfers behind the scenes.
Following the Reds penultimate pre-season game vs. La Liga side Athletic Bilbao, Klopp hinted that there could be signings incoming this summer.
He suggested that he and his team are constantly at working and assessing the market and this summer is no different even if there has been radio silence since Ibrahima Konate joined the club for €41.8m (£36m).
Now, speaking to TV2, Klopp seems to have dropped his biggest hint yet that Liverpool are working to bring in new signings before the end of the summer transfer window.
Initially, he gave the predictable response which gives him the freedom to both make more signings as well as leave his business as it is.
“We will see what happens,” he said.
The German manager is loyal to a tee. That’s another takeaway from this interview as he goes on to defend his squad and players vociferously although you would expect nothing less from Klopp.
The line that caught my eye, however, was when he spoke about there needing to be room to making additions and once again, Liverpool’s ability to conduct transfers this summer boils down to non-homegrown quotas.
The gaffer said: “You have to make changes from time to time, but then there must be room to do it. We do not want more players.
“If something happens somewhere, something can happen somewhere else, but it makes no sense to add more players.”
If Shaqiri leaves, as he looks set to do, then Liverpool will surely be forced into the market as they cannot rely on 18-year-old Harvey Elliott if Mohamed Salah suffers a serious injury.
As it is, Roberto Firmino, Diogo Jota, Divock Origi, Xherdan Shaqiri and Elliott will be Klopp’s options when Salah and Sadio Mane head to the EUROs.
With Gianluca Di Marzio reporting that Shaqiri is close to joining Lyon and L’Equipe, via Fabrizio Romano, claiming the player has already agreed on personal terms, Klopp could soon need to replace Shaqiri.
As I already wrote, Liverpool could complete a double signing and legally surpass the Premier League’s rules on non-homegrown players by signing Jeremy Doku and Saul.
Doku is 19 and Belgian, so wouldn’t be registered, while Saul, a 26-year-old Spaniard, would take Shaqiri’s place in the squad.
A €100m double swoop wouldn’t just reinforce Klopp’s squad, I think it would seal the Premier League title for the Reds.
They would then have the depth to compete with the likes of Manchester City and with Virgil van Dijk back in defence, they should also be returning to their resolute best.