Journalist Simon Hughes has detailed how strange it was for Jurgen Klopp to openly speak about Liverpool agreeing a deal to sign Moises Caicedo.
Speaking on the Walk On podcast, the Athletic reporter claimed that it was odd for the Liverpool manager to publically reveal that the Reds had reached an agreement with Brighton for Caicedo.
Hughes said: “I did think it was very strange when Jurgen Klopp started speaking about this. It becomes a public matter when Liverpool have agreed a fee but haven’t agreed terms with the player, it was very unlike Liverpool.”
Given Liverpool’s nature to transfers, Klopp saying in public that Caicedo was potentially heading to Anfield was quite a shock to the system, especially given everything that happened afterward.
With the midfielder now a Chelsea player, Klopp and Liverpool have been left with egg on their face, with the German manager’s press conference ploy blowing up spectacularly.
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Indeed, speaking about transfers that are yet to be completed is a dangerous game for managers, and Klopp has now found out the hard way that Liverpool need to keep their movements in the market behind closed doors.
Klopp should take lessons from Caicedo blunder
A manager as experienced as Klopp should know by now that a transfer is only right to talk about when everything is signed and the player is in the Liverpool kit.
Yet the Anfield boss forgot this entirely last week, with Caicedo snubbing Liverpool and Klopp for a move to Chelsea, with Romeo Lavia following suit.
As a result, Liverpool are now back in the hunt for a defensive midfielder, and Klopp now knows that the best way to go about business is to keep it quiet and locked behind Anfield’s walls in the weeks to come.