Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has hinted that there will be more transfer activity in and out of the Merseyside club before the summer transfer window ends.
The German was speaking at a news conference after Liverpool’s 2-0 friendly victory against Wigan, where he admitted that there will be work to move those who doesn’t have a role to play for the team in the upcoming Premier League season.
Thus far, Martin Skrtel and Jordon Ibe were the latest players to depart, with Mario Balotelli and Lazar Markovic expected to follow them out. On the other hand, four players – Loris Karius, Marko Grujic, Sadio Mane and Joel Matip – had arrived and had been unveiled at Anfield.
“A few things will happen I am pretty sure,” Klopp said. “I don’t know exactly what but on both sides, it makes no sense to stay in the squad and be in the squad when you don’t have a real opportunity to play. When there’s no chance to play, it makes absolutely no sense.”
“We have a few players, maybe who want to leave us and I am pretty sure it will happen – and one or two more players will join us from other clubs. It’s a long time until the 31st of August and we have to work a little bit.”
Klopp also was praiseful towards the club’s youth academy product Ben Woodburn, who scored in the game against Wigan and against Fleetwood Town earlier mid-week.
However, he warned the media against having too many expectations towards the youth and other academy players who were making their senior team debuts.
“It’s the proof of the good work of the youth department, of the academy of LFC,” he said. “I need to be blind not to see the talent of these boys – I have nothing to do with their qualities. I would like to say I have had a big influence on them, but it’s not true.”
“I really like these stories. The problem is that you [the reporters] write too much about them. You have enough time, they are young enough. You can write about them when they are 18, 19.”
“My biggest skill is I am patient, so I can wait and we will wait until these guys are really ready. It’s about timing, but they are in a good way and we will never forget them – that’s for sure.”