Jurgen Klopp has spoken of how Liverpool were snubbed by Aurelien Tchouameni earlier this summer and says the Reds have several “really interesting” midfield targets ahead of Thursday’s 11pm deadline, but admits they simply will not be available at this moment in time. Klopp publicly admitted last week that a latest midfielder can be welcome at Anfield.
Thiago Alcantara, Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are all out injured and there have been calls by the club’s fanbase for Liverpool to clean up their midfield options. Of their other midfielders, James Milner turns 37 in January while captain Jordan Henderson is 32 and Fabinho is soon to be 29. Elsewhere Curtis Jones (21) and Harvey Elliott (19) are still only young, while Fabio Carvalho is more of a No 10 and has also been used as a large forwrad.
Liverpool haven’t any midfielders between the ages of twenty-two and 26 despite their favourability for recruiting players between those ages up to now five years. Tchouameni, who turns 23 in January, was one major midfield goal earlier this summer however the Frenchman joined Real Madrid from Monaco for a complete fee post-add-ons of £85million as an alternative.
Klopp has acknowledged that the Merseyside club were rejected by Tchouameni but has also again hinted at their long-term interest interest within the likes of Borussia Dortmund and England midfielder Jude Bellingham and Benfica’s Enzo Fernandez. He said the Reds have several exciting targets who they can’t yet move for, with it thought Bellingham shall be available next summer.
Klopp explained: “The situation is the next – we have now nine midfielders and in every aspect have the whole lot, creativity, speed, excitement because some are young, technique, fight, runners. Whatever you wish, it’s all in there.
“So a tenth midfielder? Unsure. But even then we were going for a midfielder however the midfielder decided to go to a different club. That may occur. Then some players for the time being will not be available, but really interesting for us. It should be short and long run and this didn’t occur yet.”
Klopp admitted earlier on Tuesday to the press: “Are we after a midfielder? Ish. The closer we get to last minute… the more likely [we don’t sign one]. I could not [give you a name]. It’s difficult because of course there a couple of who’re right but there are different issues, at clubs who don’t wish to sell, that is the way it is.”
The German added that Liverpool must keep watch over the age profile of their squad but insists he doesn’t imagine his options are too old. Klopp continued: “When it’s over and if we signed or didn’t sign, then I’m really completely satisfied because then we will stop fascinated with it.
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“We will just deal with the squad we have now – let’s go from there, let’s make something special of this team now. It’s a terrific team and so they have the whole lot even with injuries. Now we have balance in midfield.
“I could name a extremely young line-up and so they are already here. We could start with Stefan Bajcetic at No 6, imagine it or not, he could play that and Harvey [Elliott] and Fabio [Carvalho]. The common age is eighteen, I might try this, no problem in any respect.
“In a 12 months, [it will be] great. Then we have now other players in the very best football ages between 25-26 and we have now players around 30 who herald experience, determination and so they are the characters on this team. The moment (when) we consider 29, 30-year-old people as old then that shall be an actual problem.
“Those players herald experience, determination and so they are the characters on this team. It is rather vital. They developed it over years, after which at 30 they’re ‘getting too old’? In fact we have now a watch on that [the age profile] but they will not be too old.”