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Klopp: Transfer Inactivity is Not About Money

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It sounds a bit like it’s because of a really bad car salesman, but the metaphor might just have gotten away from him.

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It’s been a very long summer, full of constantly refreshed transfer rumour sites and the threat of energy drink boycotts. With another week passing without Naby Keïta and Virgil van Dijk, Klopp is eager to bring his wisdom to us and explain why things are slower than expected.

“At the end it is still business,” Klopp said, before easing into a truly beautiful metaphor for the slow pace of the transfer market. “You go out and see the car that you have been dreaming about your whole life. “You say ‘here is the money’ but they say to you ‘I don’t want to sell the car’. You say ‘but I have got the money’ but they say ‘I don’t want to sell’. They say ‘go for another car in another colour’ but you say ‘that’s ok, but I want this’.”

A vivid picture painted of a really bad car salesman who clearly doesn’t want your money, but one Klopp assures us is universal.

“It is pretty simple,” Klopp added. “You can imagine how it works. It is not that we are doing something that other clubs are not doing - that we are more silly or they are more smart.”

Joking aside, there have been positive steps forward on all of Klopp’s targets and it sounds like money really isn’t an object this summer. And while Klopp isn’t immediately concerned about the car salesman really putting his foot down, he is willing to consider another car in another colour should it come to that.

“It’s all possible. It’s more likely [we will look at other options] than do nothing.”