Jamie Carragher has given his view on Liverpool’s transfer hopes and why Champions League football will be of the utmost importance to Jürgen Klopp’s plans.
Ex-Red Jamie Carragher has already been very vocal of Liverpool’s transfer dealings thus far despite the window not officially opening for another three weeks.
On Friday, the defender gave his opinion on the Van Dijk saga to TalkSPORT, branding it a “shambles,” and expressing his surprise that Southampton reported the Reds over something that “every club will be doing,” to players over the coming months.
For Carragher though, the biggest concern was the way that Liverpool handled media coverage of Van Dijk’s decision to snub Manchester City and Chelsea for Merseyside. The defender all but confirmed that for journalists to have published the story so confidently, it would mean that “someone from the club gave them the thumbs up – a little nudge – to say you can go with that.”
Carragher continued by expressing his belief that it wasn’t so much Liverpool’s tapping up of Virgil Van Dijk that pushed Southampton to make a complaint but instead the blatant arrogance in their decision to broadcast it to the world before a deal had been agreed.
“I think if you haven’t agreed a fee, say nothing. If you don’t agree the fee – he’s not your player… I think what Southampton wouldn’t have liked is that Liverpool would have fed that story to the local press and they thought: we’re not having that.”
Moving on from Van Dijk, Carragher has also expressed his confidence in Liverpool’s ability to complete their desired transfer dealings to come this summer. Speaking to Sky Sports News HQ during Jeff Stelling’s March for Men Charity Walk, Carragher revealed his “hope and optimism that you’re going to get all the targets that you want.”
The former Liverpool centre-back did, however, admit that he’ll be tempering his expectations and that even if the Reds do only get their second or third choice players “that’s football.”
He finished by expressing his belief that Champions League football will help attract big name stars to Anfield but only once it’s confirmed that the Reds have made it through the playoffs. Jürgen Klopp however, will be hoping that his business is truly done and dusted by the time the first leg rolls around on August 16th.
Let us know down below if you’re as confident as Jamie is that the Reds will get our preferred transfer targets this summer!