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Klopp Has “No Intention” of Signing Borussia Dortmund Stars

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Many Liverpool fans have spent the past few days wondering which Dortmund star Jurgen Klopp might go for first. The answer, it turns out, is none of them.

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Marco Reus? Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang? Henrikh Mkhitaryan? Ilkay Gundogan? Mats Hummels? Liverpool fans have spent the past few days idly considering which Borussia Dortmund stars the club might go for in the January transfer window now that Jurgen Klopp is in charge.

According to the new manager, though, it might be best to take a step back and take a look at what he's got at hand before daydreaming about relocating half the Dortmund squad to Merseyside. While the manager didn't rule it out as an eventual possibility, he certainly threw cold water on the idea any plan was already in place.

"I have no intention to lure Dortmund's stars to Liverpool," Klopp told Bild when they asked about his plans for his new English club. "I'm not interested in how much money I will be allowed to spend in January. It's only October. We clearly have plenty of games left to play and we will be taking a look at our own players first."

Even longer term, it doesn't seem likely Klopp would try to poach Dortmund's best players given his love for the club. An out of favour player he has faith in, perhaps. But Liverpool fans should probably give up on any hope that Liverpool will be looking to unsettle the likes of Reus and Gondogan with Klopp in charge.

Liverpool fans should certainly expect more purchases from the Bundesliga over the next few windows, but it might be better to consider the likes of Schalke and Leverkusen for potential targets. Liverpool have begun to look more seriously to Germany in recent years as a source of undervalued talent, and that is likely to continue.

It just won't involve any raiding of Dortmund that hurts Klopp's former clubs and helps out top of the table rivals Bayern Munich.