Klopp tees up fresh Liverpool transfer exits and addresses key Prem title race ‘misunderstanding’

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Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool May 2022 Credit: PA Images
Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool May 2022 Credit: PA Images

Jurgen Klopp has admitted that Liverpool could let more players leave in this summer’s transfer window after four first-team exits already.

The Reds are looking to go again in the new season following a near-miss to an unprecedented quadruple. Klopp’s men clinched FA Cup and Carabao Cup success at Wembley. However, they fell short in the Premier League title race and Champions League final.

Klopp has subsequently added to his squad again this summer. The signing of Benfica striker Darwin Nunez for a potential club-record fee is both a reactive one – to Sadio Mane’s Bayern Munich move – and proactive, with Nunez only 23.

Meanwhile, further signings for the future of Liverpool have arrived. Teenagers Fabio Carvalho and Calvin Ramsay are looking to make their marks in midfield and at right-back, respectively.

But as well as Mane’s departure, Liverpool have sold Takumi Minamino to Monaco and Divock Origi has moved to AC Milan as a free agent. Neco Williams, the previous deputy right-back before Ramsay, has moved to Nottingham Forest.

Speaking to ESPN, though, Klopp confirmed that he could sanction more exits before the transfer window closes. Indeed, centre-backs Nathaniel Phillips, Ben Davies and Sepp van den Berg could also leave.

“It is necessary,” Klopp said of his summer business so far. “We didn’t only lose Sadio, we also lost Divock Origi and Takumi Minamino just from the playing squad last year.

“Some other players might leave as well, but we brought in Luis [Diaz] in the winter, Darwin now, Fabio and Calvin.

“It is really exciting because the boys are fresh and full of excitement – big eyes – being together with us, so it just changes the dynamic in the group and it’s really necessary.

“I’m now in my seventh season and it’s important that we don’t just do the same thing again and again and again. We have to push ourselves to the next level and for that you always need a new input and that’s what we got.”

Klopp talks Liverpool title race

Liverpool finished second in the Premier League last season. Manchester City edged them out on the final day once again, as in the 2018/19 season.

Chelsea, who finished third, are looking to close the gap to the top two.

While the Blues finished 18 points behind Liverpool, Klopp noted that there was nothing between the sides in their 1-1, 2-2 and 0-0 draws last season – the latter two matches decided on penalties in the domestic cup finals.

“We are not that far ahead. That’s always a misunderstanding of the points tally of last season,” Klopp said.

“We played Chelsea – I don’t know how many points more we had, I really don’t – but we played them four times and we didn’t win one game against them.

“It’s not because we are bad that day – no, we were really good in those games – but over 90 minutes each time, before the penalties [in the Carabao Cup and FA Cup finals], we never won, so Chelsea are incredibly strong.

“You have to look at Tottenham, and what they are doing at the moment. They didn’t get worse this year. Arsenal are still there, Man United with a new start, all these kind of things.”

Reds’ targets to watch

Liverpool’s key task next season has to be again competing well in the Premier League and Champions League.

After coming so close in both competitions, they must look to get over the line in one or both. That is albeit easier said than done.

Midfield will be a key area to watch for Liverpool next season. There have been many calls for a more senior signing in that area this summer, with the club’s options ageing.

Behind the likes of Jordan Henderson and Thiago Alcantara, there is a sizeable age gap to the likes of Carvalho, Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliott.

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