Jürgen Klopp has provided an update on Liverpool’s transfer activity and called for “patience” from fans during this summer window.
It was never going to be the most straightforward of transfer windows for Liverpool Football Club.
Even with Klopp’s admission that much of the initial groundwork was already being laid back in May, this most likely referred more to the scouting process, agreements on where the squad needed reinforcing and contacting agents to start sounding out players.
As we’ve seen in the case of practically all of Liverpool’s targets so far, convincing clubs to sell is the real test.
It’s not too much of a problem when you’re targeting key players of smaller clubs, as player power comes into effect in a far greater capacity.
However, the time it took for the Reds to get a deal across the line for Salah, coupled with how tough they’re finding it to prise Virgil van Dijk and Naby Keïta away shows the difference when shopping in the top bracket of the transfer market.
While the Reds have so far been left frustrated in their attempts to sign two of Klopp’s main targets, the German has seemingly been aware all along that this summer would be much more of a slog rather than a sprint.
“Of course the transfer market opened a few days ago,” Klopp told .*
“Yes, it will be a difficult one, maybe it’s getting more and more difficult, especially in England. But we have made a lot of good things so far. If you cannot see it so far, you can imagine we have done a lot of things behind the scenes.”
While Liverpool’s manager was evidently keen on having most – if not all – of his signings wrapped up before pre-season training began, he is clearly aware of the fact that was probably never going to be feasible.
“Sometimes you need to be patient and that’s what we are in the moment – to wait for the right moment and then we will see what happens.”
*Original source an LFCTVGO video which cannot be viewed without a subscription. Hence being sourced via Liverpool ECHO.