Speaking at his press conference, previewing Tuesday’s game against Stoke City, Jurgen Klopp responded to questions about Julian Draxler.
After being probed by journalists, Jurgen Klopp once again confirmed that Liverpool will be active in the January transfer window – but only if it’s something he would do in the summer.
Liverpool were linked with Julian Draxler on Thursday and although the Reds are behind Paris Saint-Germain, Klopp is alert to the possibility of signing a player that would improve the side.
When asked on his interest in Draxler, according to the Liverpool Echo, Klopp said, “That’s the same answer, no comment on transfer or names.”
Klopp added, “If you don’t have biggest injury issues in the world and need players building a lineup, only do what you would do in the summer.
“Otherwise you solve a problem for half a year and have another one in summer. We always have an eye on the market, it doesn’t mean we can do what we want. I’m really happy with the squad.
“At this moment Phil (Coutinho) is not involved, Sadio will not be involved, we have options.”
Liverpool are essentially out of the race to sign Draxler, but are monitoring the likes of Sardar Azmoun. While most people would prefer Klopp to sign a new player than give a chance to one already at the club, the German backs his players as being capable of getting the job done.
“We can change systems and do a lot of things, all here and can play them all the time. We knew Sadio before but know that’s part of the deal. That’s the situation.
“We have two games, then a few more in January untl it closes, it doesn’t mean we do something, we are already looking for summer and that’s how it should be.
“If we can do the right thing at the right moment, and bring the two windows together, we will. If there’s something for us and it makes sense, and it is possible. If we have eye on a player, he’s a good player, and if club doesn’t need money we have no chance.”
Despite the fact that Klopp doesn’t have an issue with the transfer market, he doesn’t believe that Liverpool should be swaying players’ minds with money or incentives, rather they should be motivated to play for the club purely due to the heritage, the current crop of players and the incredible fans who are the bedrock of Liverpool Football Club.
Klopp continued, “We don’t want to convince players with money. We want to convince them with the way to go, ready to develop, not just in the winter but the next few years.
“We already have very good players and if (others) want to be part of this team, they’re very welcome. It’s nothing new, if something happens I tell you immediately, if not, don’t be surprised.”
Liverpool are second on the Christmas tree and when all the festivities are over, Stoke City will travel to Merseyside to take on the Reds. It will offer Klopp’s side another chance to catch up with Chelsea who are seriously threatening to run away with the league title.