The transfer window closed in England before the start of the season and Liverpool ended the summer having done a fair bit of good business bringing in players. But elsewhere in Europe the transfers have raged on as the continent’s leagues are still working to bring in recruits before their own windows shut.
Jürgen Klopp was asked today about the possibility of Liverpool giving the green light to any outgoings from the club, either on permanent deals or loans.
“It’s about the situation. It’s about how the offer is,” said Klopp.
“First of all, how is the need for us? So, can we give him the opportunity if he wants to leave? Can we do that or not? That’s it. Then there’s an offer and somebody has to accept the offer or not.
“That’s maybe a bit of the problem that the transfer window closed in England and the whole European world was waiting for that moment and starts now trying to dump prices or whatever to get good football players. That will not happen. We are not in a financial need situation where we have to do that.
“I want to have a very good squad together, the more players the better.
“But I really think we could give a few players the opportunity – but we have to see how many. There is no number in my mind at the moment.”
Ragnar Klavan is reportedly in Italy having a medical at Cagliari. And there have also been whispers of Dominic Solanke going out on loan this season.
“First of all, I didn’t hear anything that anything is finally sorted. So, nothing to say from me about that,” Klopp said of the Klavan situation.
“But, I’ve said before, in general it is possible that players will still leave the club. If that happens, it’s always good for both sides – or all three sides even. That’s the target and the goal we have in these circumstances. We will see what happens.
“No player would leave the club if I would not allow it. So, if – if – he leaves then I said yes to it, that’s how it is.”
If Klavan moves on it, Liverpool defensive options will obviously drop. But Joe Gomez has already shown that he’s ready to take the next step up in his career and the Academy’s Nat Phillips could also have played his way into the manager’s mind after an impressive pre-season in the first-team.