After telling journalists at his pre-match press conference on Friday that further signings this month were “not really likely,” Jurgen Klopp had a different message to the written press.
Klopp speaks separately with members of the written press at his press conferences and his message to them regarding new signings was far more optimistic than his one to the cameras just minutes earlier.
“I could kill all the rumours, but let’s not do that! It’s not really likely” he had said in his press conference. “I don’t think a lot of things will happen in these coming days.”
But then he explained to the written press that: “The only thing is, with one or two players, we maybe have to make a decision is it for now or is it for the summer?”
Klopp told how the club are always looking for players. “Our situation is always the same, we really look (for players) all year,” he said.
“So why should I stop now only because January 31st is nearly here?
“We do that all the time. Nothing has changed. The only thing is with one or two players we maybe have to make a decision is it for now or is it for the summer? That’s the only difference.
“But look, we are constantly looking, my iPad is full of players from all over the world. That’s what we do.
“But specific? No. It is not that we now say exactly that we need that or we cannot play football any more.”
Klopp’s words in his press conference that signings are unlikely should be taken with a pinch of salt, especially given that just a few weeks earlier he’d sat in the same chair and told the media that Philippe Coutinho would be back in contention to play against Man City.
The manager is playing poker and part of the modern era of transfers is how club’s and managers use the media.
Perhaps there may be a surprise after all by Wednesday’s transfer deadline day.