One of the best parts about pre-season is getting new moments with Jurgen Klopp. It's been a long summer without our German teddy bear and I, for one, am soaking up everything he has to say about the future of our club.
Speaking in the post-match press conference today after Liverpool's victory over Wigan Athletic, Klopp revealed the club are expecting "one or two more players to join us from other clubs." And with the possibility that the club are actually pursuing Georginio Wjinaldum from Newcastle United and Ragnar Klavan for FC Augsburg, it's going to be a long month left before the transfer window closes on August 31st. He also mentioned players "who want to leave us and I am pretty sure it will happen," raising some questions now about whose departures might be imminent as he shapes his squad.
The boss also went on to praise the youngsters who have been playing in the pre-season, saying "it's the proof of the good work of the youth department, of the academy of LFC. I need to be blind not to see the talent of these boys -- I have nothing to do with their qualities." With Ben Woodburn scoring twice in as many matches, and Cameron Brannagan and Trent Alexander-Arnold getting the starting slots in pre-season, it's no wonder that Klopp thinks highly of the youngsters. He also went on to deny that any of the youngsters will be going out on loan - at least not the very young ones like Woodburn.
Finally, Klopp also gave a time table for when to expect the remaining international players to return. "From the 21st, all the English players are with us. From the 22nd, all the Belgian players are with us. We'll have the big group together from the 26th, when the last two players Joe Allen and Emre Can will join us," he explained. So for those of us lucky enough to attend any of the North American matches, it looks like a full squad will be at his disposal with Joe Allen and Emre Can joining the club just before their match on July 27th in Pasadena at the Rose Bowl.
His excitement for the future seemingly reflected our own, closing out with: "But between now and the bright future, there's a lot of work. Let's start with the work and not with the news."