Jurgen Klopp has described the Premier League bringing forward the closure of the transfer window this year as “not perfect” despite a productive summer.
Liverpool have finalised the majority, if not all, of their incomings already this summer, with Alisson, Fabinho, Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri all brought in.
They have also seen Danny Ward join Leicester City on a permanent deal and Ovie Ejaria, Harry Wilson, Ryan Kent, Taiwo Awoniyi, Allan Rodrigues, Adam Bogdan and Shamal George leave on loan.
But with more outgoings on the horizon, including Simon Mignolet, Lazar Markovic and Danny Ings, and the August 9 deadline closing in, it promises to be a busy fortnight for Michael Edwards.
There is the added, albeit unlikely, scenario of one of Klopp’s key players forcing through a move abroad beyond the end of the English window.
And addressing the implementation of this ruling after in a World Cup year, the manager questioned the timing:
“[We could sell player] to other countries, true. I think the idea in general was good, and then we did it and nobody else (other countries).
“Then we did it in a year when the World Cup is, so that means the boys come back three days before the transfer window closes.
“That’s not perfect, but that it ends earlier, I like it. We did our business early, at least part of it.
“It’s not perfect in this year, but I think in the next few years maybe other countries will adapt, or we will adapt again.
“It’s strange. In other countries clubs are waiting a little bit, in England nobody can wait because in 12 or 13 days it’s closed. It’s not perfect.”
Though it has been claimed Liverpool are unlikely to make any further additions, there is still a chance a move for an attacking midfielder materialises.
Addressing potential departures for Simon Mignolet, Danny Ings and Lazar Markovic, Klopp said: “[There is] nothing done, nothing decided. Nothing to say about it. It’s ongoing business, we’ll see in the next two weeks.”
Mignolet has been linked with Besiktas, Markovic with a loan move to Olympiacos, and Ings with Crystal Palace.