Deadline day passed without any involvement from Liverpool, but manager Jurgen Klopp insists fans should trust the decisions made.
The only arrivals at Anfield this winter window where Marko Grujic – who was loaned back to Red Star Belgrade – and Steven Caulker on loan from QPR.
With rumours that it was Klopp who decided not to pay the asking price for prime target Alex Teixeira, the manager told the Liverpool Echo: “It’s very important that yes, you can trust us.”
Throughout the reign of Klopp’s predecessor, Brendan Rodgers, there were clear signs of disagreement between the manager and the club’s transfer committee. Klopp, who last month reiterated that it is he who has the final say on a signing, says he is happy to leave the Teixeira deal:
“It was absolutely a common decision (on Teixeira). We said we can’t play this game until the end.
“We made offers. I won’t say too much about that, but they were realistic, absolutely, with the pluses of it being January, the Premier League, all the pluses you have when you make negotiations with other clubs.
“But it was a case of ‘if you don’t want it okay, we can’t change the situation, do what you want’. It’s important for now and for the future. It’s not that we haven’t got money or anything, but you have to work respectfully and responsibly.”
Writing in the Telegraph, Chris Bascombe explains that Klopp has made it clear it was his decision not to offer the ludicrous figure Shaktar Donetsk wanted for Teixeira.
Klopp “could not have made it clearer the bidding for Teixeira ended not only with his support, but also at his request. He has other players he wants who will be available in the summer and not now. He’ll have a significant budget before next season.”
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Klopp explains that he makes a commitment to his players for one year (a full season) and doesn’t like to typically make changes mid-season:
“It’s not that you should buy and sell, buy and sell. In my opinion usually I make a one-year contract with the players.
“I know they have them for longer, but for me I say ‘okay, yes, you are in my team and if you don’t play the biggest rubbish in your life, I will trust you, you have to trust me’.
“And after a year, we’ll look. Maybe he wants somewhere else, maybe I want him to go somewhere else. That’s football.”
There’s also the potential early return of Danny Ings, who begins light training outside for the first time on Tuesday. He suffered an ACL injury the week Klopp arrived at the club and was expected to miss the rest of the season but could make an earlier return – although not this month.
“We have enough strikers if they are all fit,” says Klopp.
“I had lunch with Ingsy a few minutes ago. He’s not in the perfect way, but Tuesday will be his first time outside again.
“He’s still a long way away from being available but he’s here.”
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