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Klopp shuts down talk linking ‘outstandingly expensive’ Bale to Liverpool

Jurgen Klopp has dismissed speculation that Liverpool could make a move for Real Madrid star Gareth Bale.

The Welsh international has been deemed surplus to requirements by Zinedine Zidane at the Bernabeu, though interest has been low in signing the four-time Champions League winner this summer.

Bale is believed to be on wages of around £600,000-a-week in the Spanish capital, with seemingly no European clubs prepared to gamble on the 30-year-old who has been plagued by injuries in recent seasons.

Liverpool had been surprisingly linked as a potential destination for the former Tottenham winger, however, Klopp insists the ‘outstandingly expensive’ financial package that it would take to take him to Anfield makes any deal unfeasible.

“Bale is a Real Madrid player and if he leaves it will be outstandingly expensive and big wages,” Klopp said before Liverpool’s 2-2 draw with Sporting Lisbon.

”He is an outstanding player, I like him a lot but it is not about him. You have to create a team. A team is not a collection of the best individual players, they have to work together.

“Liverpool is a long-term project. The team is really good. Will there be difficult situations? Probably. There would be if we bring in a new player, or two or three. I didn’t say we won’t do anything, it is not going to be a big window for sure but people don’t think about the people who are already in.

“Sometimes you have to calm the situation down, pay your bills, have a normal life and live in the house before you build a new one.”

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