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Jürgen Klopp Cool with Alex Teixeira Moving to China

Liverpool's manager described Teixeira's decision to move to China as "absolutely normal" considering the lucrative salary on offer.

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Jürgen Klopp was part of a group that agreed to end Liverpool's pursuit of FC Shakhtar's Alex Teixeira after making "realistic" bids for the player. It might not exactly sound like "first and the last word" on transfers, but Klopp was at the heart of walking away from a deal that looked increasingly unreasonable.

It was a shock to hear of the player's move to China yesterday for £38 million (€50 million) when it appeared that a move to Europe was on the player's agenda. The move was another example of the Chinese Super League displaying its financial might after the signings of Ramires for £25 million and Jackson Martínez for £31 million.

Transfer record after transfer record is being broken, and with strong political support for a thriving league, more high-profile players will arrive for massive fees and wages in the future. Tottenham Hotspur sold Paulinho to Guangzhou Evergrande for close to £10 million, a fee that would have been difficult to secure elsewhere in Europe.

Those Liverpool fans desperate for a deal to be completed can probably see that an agreement was always going to be virtually impossible. The player is on a salary that is among the highest in world football, but when asked about the transfer, Klopp naturally had an something interesting to say.

"We all have to make our own decisions," Klopp said on Alex Teixeira's move to Jiangsu Suning. "I think in a lot of parts of Europe people in football talk about the financial power of England because of the television contract and things like this.

"Now maybe it's another competitor, I don't know. I know about the financial situation in Chinese football, it's an individual decision. If you want to go there and you are 26 and get an offer like he got, everybody would think about it! A few problems less for the next generation of Teixeiras I would guess - good news for the whole family!

"I have no problem with this, it's absolutely normal in football. I don't think it's a sign in general. If you want to change your situation and there's an offer from a club in China, everybody would think about it. Maybe next time the newspapers from China will be looking for British journalists or the TV stations as football gets bigger and bigger - then we can talk again!"

There's no need to be bitter or sad about the failure to sign Teixeira. Be like Klopp and be cool about it.

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