Jurgen Klopp admits he is unsure of Liverpool’s transfer budget this summer as the club feel the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Premier League champions are yet to make a significant move in the transfer market with the arrival of Greece international Kostas Tsimikas from Olympiakos the club’s only deal of the window so far, with Klopp having long-suggested it will be a quiet summer in terms of recruitment on Merseyside.
Liverpool have so far watched on as rivals Manchester City and Chelsea have strengthened their squads with notable additions, the latter close to adding former Paris Saint-Germain captain Thiago Silva to an impressive list of arrivals including Ben Chilwell, Hakim Ziyech and previous Liverpool-target Timo Werner.
Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara continues to be strongly linked with a move to Liverpool after informing the European champions of his desire for a new challenge, but Klopp refused to comment on speculation linking the Reds with the 29-year-old and says all moves must be carefully considered in the current climate.
“Now, in corona times, you have to think five times before making a transfer because nobody knows what will happen after corona,” Klopp told Servus TV.
“We always have to pay attention to the financial aspect because we don’t know exactly how much money we will have available. Others seem to deal with it a little more positively when you look at Chelsea.
“There are a lot of interesting players out there but if someone is interesting for us, I can’t say right now. But I am very happy with my team right now. If something transfer related will happen, we have to see.”
Much of Liverpool’s transfer business is likely to depend on the club’s ability to sell unwanted first-team players, the likes of Harry Wilson and Marko Grujic amongst those likely to be moved on should suitable bids be received.
Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri have also been linked with potential exits in search of more regular first-team football, whilst the club face a conundrum over the future of Georginio Wijnaldum. The Netherlands international has entered the final year of his contract and the Reds are keen to avoid a situation in which the midfielder departs on a free transfer next summer.
Wijnaldum – who has been linked with Barcelona – is a favourite of Klopp and made more appearances than any other midfielder last season, but the Dutchman will turn 30 later this year and Liverpool face a decision on whether to part with a player who has been a key component of their success in recent seasons.
The Liverpool squad possesses a wealth of players at a similar age and negotiating a new deal with a player whose peak years may not last much longer is tricky, and the future of Wijnaldum could prove decisive in the club’s pursuit of Thiago from Bayern.
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