Jurgen Klopp explains Ragnar Klavan exit and further outgoings this month

17 August 2018

Jurgen Klopp has effectively confirmed Ragnar Klavan will be leaving Liverpool for Cagliari, but was less conclusive regarding further August outgoings.


Klavan’s impending departure to Serie A has come as something of a surprise given his importance as backup within Klopp’s squad.

But the Estonian is expected to leave in a £2 million deal on Friday due to the manager’s faith in youngsters such as Joe Gomez and Nathaniel Phillips to step up.

Ahead of Monday night’s trip to Crystal Palace, Klopp insisted Klavan is still injured, but though he initially rebuffed suggestions he was on the move, he later conceded the possibility.

“First of all, I didn’t hear that anything is finally sorted. Nothing to say from me about that,” he told reporters.

“But I said before in general that it’s possible players would leave the club.

“If that happens it would always be good for both sides, or all three sides.

“That’s the target, that’s what we have in these circumstances, so we will see what happens.

“No player would leave the club if we would not allow it. If, if he leaves, then I said yes to it. That’s how it is.”

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Tuesday, August 7, 2018: Liverpool's Marko Grujic during the preseason friendly match between Liverpool FC and Torino FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool are likely to sanction a host of permanent and temporary deals to the Championship and clubs in Europe before the transfer window officially closes on August 31.

An offer from Serie A side Torino for Marko Grujic was rejected earlier this week, but the Serbian should still leave, as could the likes of Simon Mignolet, Sheyi Ojo and Divock Origi.

In terms of further moves, Klopp continued to stress that the terms firstly must suit the club.

“It’d about the situation, it’s about how the offer is, the need for us, can we give him the opportunity if he wants to leave—can we do it or not?” he explained.

“We are not in a financial situation where we have to [let players go]. I want to have a very good squad together, the more players the better.

“We could give a few players the opportunity [elsewhere], but there’s no number in my mind.”

BIRKENHEAD, ENGLAND - Tuesday, July 10, 2018: Liverpool's Dominic Solanke during a preseason friendly match between Tranmere Rovers FC and Liverpool FC at Prenton Park. (Pic by Paul Greenwood/Propaganda)

One player who seems unlikely to leave on loan despite speculation over joining Ovie Ejaria and Ryan Kent in Steven Gerrard’s Rangers squad is Dominic Solanke.

“There’s nothing to say about it, I don’t want to discuss things like this in general here,” Klopp said.

“I hear [about] it for the first time now, which doesn’t seem like it’s close to happening.”

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