There would not be an issue with Jurgen Klopp discussing moves for his former Borussia Dortmund players, according to owner Hans-Joachim Watzke.
Klopp has previously denied rumours claiming there is an agreement with his former club in which he cannot sign their players.
Now Watzke, who has been heavily involved at Dortmund since the mid-1990s, has backed up Klopp’s comments by claiming there would be no issue with the 48-year-old showing an interest in Dortmund’s players.
“One thing is clear: we at BVB have a very good relationship with Jurgen,” he told German publication Die Welt.
“I think there’d be no conflict were there be to be interest in one of our players at some point.”
“He would contact us before [he contacts the player].”
Watzke also expressed his pleasure at the way Klopp has started life as manager of Liverpool – just one defeat in 10 matches – and feels he is already ahead of schedule in terms of the way the team is performing.
“I am very happy for Jurgen that things are running that well after such a short space of time,” he continued.
“I did not expect that. I thought he’d need more time with the team given the style of his football.”
The Reds have unsurprisingly been linked with several Dortmund stars since Klopp arrived on Merseyside in early October, including Neven Subotic, Ilkay Gundogan, Marco Reus and Mats Hummels.
Quite how attainable most of those players are is questionable, however, regardless of the pulling power Klopp undeniably possesses.
Reus and Hummels are both genuinely world-class players in their respective positions, despite the latter’s recent dip in form, while Gundogan has been tipped to join Barcelona in the near future.
Subotic appears the most likely acquisition to arrive from Signal Iduna Park, with the Serbia international currently out of favour with new boss Thomas Tuchel.
A January arrival would not be out of the question.