Liverpool already negotiating new transfers, Jurgen Klopp says

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that the club is already negotiating with several players over potential moves to Anfield in the off-season.

Speaking to the Liverpool Echo in an exclusive interview from their training camp in La Manga, Klopp added that the amount of signings Liverpool make will depend on whether or not they play in the Champions League.

With rumours of the Reds’ interest in Bayer Leverkusen winger Julian Brandt growing, the German added that he doesn’t expect massive changes to his squad.


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“We are in talks with different people – players, agents, all that stuff,” Klopp told the Echo.

“Not a lot of decisions have been already made at this point. Why should they at this stage?

“But we are on the way. At the end I’m sure we will have a really good squad.

“We already have a good squad and a few more good players will make it even better. There’s a good base.”

A lack of squad depth was largely responsible for the Reds’ struggles in January, where they failed to win a single Premier League match and were dumped out of the EFL and FA Cups.

When asked if the club needed Champions League football to attract the players he wants, the German played down the influence of Europe’s premier club competition on his signings.

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“I actually don’t think so, but we will see. We don’t have to talk about the Champions League now because we are not even qualified,” Klopp responded.

“But of course if we are in the Champions League then it would have an influence. We would need a deeper squad and you have to be prepared for that. No question.

“Even with the league this season, we could have needed a deeper squad with the injuries we had. But we’re through that now.

“We will adapt our plans to the number of tournaments we play next year.”


 

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