Door open for Chelsea as Klopp gives up on Liverpool target

Hope Soto
August 8, 2017

Klopp says improving on what he's already got isn't easy and he's prepared to push on with Ragnar Klavan and Joe Gomez providing back up for his first choice centre-back combination of Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip.

"I would like to make clear that I have nothing but gratitude to everyone at Southampton for giving me the opportunity to play in the Premier League", he added.

In a market where every player has a price, we can translate Klopp and Wenger's words in a simple and pretty damning summary; we will not pay the asking prices for top players, therefore we pretend there is no one to buy.

Southampton boss Mauricio Pellegrino said this week he was hopeful of persuading van Dijk to shelve plans to leave but rumours suggesting the centre-half wants to leave persist.

The Mirror wasted no time in bigging up Chelsea's chances with intentions of £60m bids floated into the Internet wasteland.

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However, the Saints are refusing to sanction Van Dijk's switch away, insisting he will spend the season at Southampton. "Five. Then you win a prize", Klopp was quoted as saying by ESPNFC. I don't think we need more.

"It doesn't work. I don't see it (the defence) as a concern". I am already here to work with this squad and not just always thinking 'but if we don't get this or this.' Let's wait until August 31. By formally handing in a written transfer request, the defender would "surrender [a] huge cash payment on what is left of his five-year contract with the club".

"As a proud professional I am insulted by the suggestion that it was me who refused to train and so feel it is important to point out the true version of events", he said.

"I'm really fine with pre-season so far", he said.

In what could be called a stunning turnaround, Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp recently spoke of the club's transfer targets. "With Champions League football now secure, Klopp knows this is an opportunity his club simply can not ignore".

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