Jürgen Klopp has admitted Liverpool FC made a mistake in not signing a Sadio Mané alternative in last season’s January transfer window.
It was a widely conceived idea that Liverpool could’ve done with signing an extra attacking player during last season’s January transfer window with Sadio Mané’s AFCON absence keenly felt during a miserable month for Klopp’s Reds. A front three that had caused so much devastation during the first half of the season was reduced to a toothless shadow of its former self and of the nine games played during January, the Reds won just one.
Despite insisting previously that an alternative to the Senegalese speedster wasn’t needed, Klopp openly admitted in a recent interview with Kicker that he could’ve done with bringing in reinforcements, also stressing that net spend had nothing to do with his ultimate decision.
“I was indeed made aware last summer that you won’t get a badge for a positive transfer balance. We did not have a squad able to avert this poor run at that time. We could have certainly used a new player, for instance, an attacking winger and we tried in the winter but the right one was either not available for us or just not there.”
The likes of Julian Brandt (Bayer Leverkusen), Quincy Promes (Spartak Moscow) and Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund) were all linked heavily during the winter, suggesting there is a lot of truth in Klopp’s claims that the Reds were in the market for a Mané alternative. O, how different things could’ve been had one of them been secured.
Klopp also took the time during his interview to touch on Steven Gerrard and why he believes the Kop Legend can eventually become his successor as manager of Liverpool Football Club. As one would perhaps expect, the German was effusive in his praise of the ex-Liverpool midfielder.
“I asked him directly: ‘What would you like?’ He said he wanted to be manager. That was wonderful because here he has the right group, which really has the drive to really help him. And that is what we’re going to do now. It probably sounds a bit funny, but I wouldn’t have thought that Gerrard could actually learn something from me.”
“As a former world-class player, he brings a lot of football knowledge, but there are many aspects in the managerial area that you just have to learn. Time is just what you must commit and Stevie will do that now.”