Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp added credence to the rumours that moves for the likes of Mats Hummels, Ilkay Gundogan & Neven Subotic were underfoot, by denying the existence of an agreement that would prevent him from signing those players from Borussia Dortmund.
Shortly after Klopp’s appointment at Liverpool, Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke had stated that Klopp would not deliberately weaken the Bundesliga side. However, Klopp insists that there is no agreement in place & that Liverpool would be free to sign Dortmund’s prized possessions.
"I have no agreement with Borussia Dortmund," Klopp said. "I heard about an agreement, but no. Yet in my opinion it only makes sense to go for players we think we can get. There is nothing between us and if there was a possibility that we could get one of those players and we needed him, then we could try it.”
Klopp, however, expressed caution that Liverpool would be priced out of a move if they were competing with clubs like Chelsea & Manchester City for the services of a player.
"So if we want to battle [with the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City]... we can pay 100 [million], they can pay 120. It’s a crazy marketplace when you start doing this. There are so many mothers in the world that have brilliant sons, so you don’t always have to take the guys that everybody knows. Maybe you take one.”
Keegan believes Klopp will definitely sign former Dortmund players
Liverpool legend Kevin Keegan isn’t as cautionary as Klopp when it comes to signing former players. Keegan believes that Klopp with break a rumoured gentleman’s agreement to not weaken his former club, citing that every manager was guilty of the same.
“The first place he’ll go back to is Dortmund and he’ll probably take one player and if you look at managers going to another club and they go back to their old club, they tell you straightaway who they thought was the key player to their success at that club. We’ve all done it. You go back because you know the player, you know his character, you know what he brings to the team both on and off the field.”
Like many a Liverpool fan, Keegan believes that raiding the Bundesliga will be key for Klopp to return Liverpool to the Champions League.
“Hopefully by that time the Liverpool owners will have seen enough to think that they should back this guy because he can get us back to where we feel we belong, which is every season, top four and challenging in the Champions League,” Keegan concluded.Published 01 Dec 2015, 13:46 IST