Jurgen Klopp is expecting a quiet transfer window at Liverpool and has offered hope of opportunities to the club’s young players.
Liverpool have been linked with a number of signings this summer as the Reds look to rebuild following a disappointing defence of the title last term, a wealth of injury problems contributing to the club finishing 17 points adrift of eventual champions Manchester City.
Liverpool moved quickly to strengthen their centre-back options with the arrival of Ibrahima Konate from RB Leipzig, though further additions are yet to materialise despite speculation surrounding the signing of a new forward and replacement for the departed Georginio Wijnaldum.
Klopp has discussed his side’s struggles last season and his determination to improve, but believes improvement could come internally with potential opportunities for youngsters such as Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliott.
“The last season there’s not a lot of good things to say, we went through a really tough, tough period but got through it to finish third, and that was incredible – it made us 100 per stronger,” Klopp told a pre-season press conference.
“So we have so much movement in the squad – if they want.
“There are so many players who could step up – for different reasons, the last season was maybe not theirs but that doesn’t mean from now on it will always go backwards.”
Jones enjoyed a season of notable progression to make 34 appearances in all competitions during the 2020/21 campaign, whilst 18-year-old winger Elliott enjoyed a productive loan spell at Blackburn, scoring seven times and providing 11 assists in the Championship.
The likes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita will also be hoping for more involvement after injury-disrupted campaigns and Klopp has now issued a challenge to his fringe players, with limited transfer activity expected at Anfield this summer.
“They were close to the first team but didn’t play often enough. So, the door is open. So come on, take the chance and play the best football you are able to do and then we immediately get options – it’s always like having new signings,” he said.
“If somebody wants to leave, he can come to me and can tell me and then I think about it. Nobody came so far, so obviously no rush from the players’ side as well. The market anyway is a really calm one in the moment, I think.
“There was [Jadon] Sancho and maybe somebody else, OK, Konate we did that early, but it’s a really calm window. Let’s see what happens, but in the moment, everybody has the chance to impress me and I hope they do.”
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Author: Harry Diamond