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  • Liverpool not scared of making big bids ...

    Jurgen Klopp says the ballooning transfer fees in football will not inhibit the work Liverpool want to do in the summer window, but the club will recruit surgically and not for the sake of appearances. The Reds have already surpassed their record spend with the initial £36.9 m...

    Liverpool not scared of making big bids for the right players, says Klopp

    Jurgen Klopp says the ballooning transfer fees in football will not inhibit the work Liverpool want to do in the summer window, but the club will recruit surgically and not for the sake of appearances. The Reds have already surpassed their record spend with the initial £36.9 million signing of Mohamed Salah from Roma, and have been foiled in their efforts to make RB Leipzig’s Naby Keita one of the biggest purchases in Premier League history. Odds on LFC to win the league The German side rejected a £66m offer for the midfielder last week, which equalled the Bundesliga benchmark for a transfer fee, and have refused to negotiate at any price. Another proposal for the Guinea international will not materialise unless Die Roten Bullen alter their hardline stance. Latest LFC transfer rumours Liverpool, meanwhile, were prepared to make Virgil van Dijk the most expensive defender in the world, before having to publicly apologise and end interest in Klopp’s priority rearguard target due to a tapping-up fiasco. The centre-back, who has informed Southampton he is unavailable to feature for them as he wants to depart St. Mary’s, has not been included in their squad for a pre-season training camp in France. Saints maintain that the 26-year-old is not for sale, but Liverpool will be primed should they decide to do business rather than keep an unhappy player. The Merseysiders, who have also added Under-20 World Cup winner Dominic Solanke and left-back Andy Robertson to their roster ahead of 2017-18, have demonstrated a willingness to sanction huge outlays this summer for players they are confident will enhance their approach. “We are not afraid of big numbers at the club, we are not afraid to spend,” Klopp told Goal as part of an exclusive interview. Mane and Ings boost for LFC “But we have to do the right things, look at the right players and negotiate with the right clubs.” The 50-year-old explained the club’s strategy in the window as Liverpool look to further advance in the new campaign, having finished in the top four during the German’s first full season in charge at Anfield. “There’s two possibilities to strengthen the squad: one is to get better players, the other is to get players with similar quality to what you have,” Klopp said. “It’s difficult to get better players, because the ones we have are already really good. If you get the same quality, then the age group that they’re in means that very big steps are possible for everyone - the new players and the ones already at the club. “That’s what then gives the push in the performance, that’s what we’re looking for.”

  • Boost for Liverpool as Mane and Ings ret...

    Liverpool forwards Sadio Mane and Danny Ings have returned to full training, the club have announced. Liverpool are 10/11 to achieve a top-four finish Mane has been out of action since suffering a hamstring injury in the Merseyside derby with Everton in April, while Ings has no...

    Boost for Liverpool as Mane and Ings return to full training

    Liverpool forwards Sadio Mane and Danny Ings have returned to full training, the club have announced. Liverpool are 10/11 to achieve a top-four finish Mane has been out of action since suffering a hamstring injury in the Merseyside derby with Everton in April, while Ings has not played since undergoing knee surgery in November last year. Both players will train in full at Melwood for the first time in pre-season and will join the rest of the first-team squad when they fly out to Germany on Wednesday. They will both be in line to feature in Liverpool's matches over the next week, with Jurgen Klopp's side meeting Hertha Berlin in a friendly before Audi Cup fixtures against Bayern Munich and either Napoli or Atletico Madrid. No third Liverpool bid for Keita The Reds were crowned winners of the Premier League Asia Trophy as they beat Leicester City in the final, with Philippe Coutinho and Mohamed Salah on the scoresheet.

  • Klopp unfazed by Mourinho, Man Utd

    Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists he has no interest in what Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho says, while he is staying calm in the transfer market. Get the latest PL odds With all of their Premier League rivals strengthening, Klopp's side have endured a somewhat quiet...

    Klopp unfazed by Mourinho, Man Utd

    Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists he has no interest in what Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho says, while he is staying calm in the transfer market. Get the latest PL odds With all of their Premier League rivals strengthening, Klopp's side have endured a somewhat quieter close-season, adding Mohamed Salah, Dominic Solanke and Andrew Robertson. That has come as city rivals Everton have made numerous signings and United, who also finished outside the top four last season, have added Romelu Lukaku. But Klopp is unconcerned by what his team's rivals are up to, even if Mourinho wants to talk about Liverpool and the tougher workload they face this season with European football. "I'm not interested in what Jose Mourinho says. Why should I talk about Manchester United? Jose is talking about us, yes," Klopp told UK newspapers. "We had a season of what Man United had the year before. I don't know if anybody asked us how it felt." The biggest transfers of the summer Adding to Liverpool's frustrations have been the thus far unsuccessful pursuits of Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk and RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita. But Klopp is calm about his side's transfer business, saying his focus was on what his team could produce. "After a season there is a summer break and everybody starts — and I've said this before — feeling that the transfer window is more interesting than the league," he said. "People think: 'Oh we are winning already' — but unfortunately after the transfer window you have to carry on playing. That's what I am most interested in. "It doesn't mean we don't want to bring players in. We've always brought players in. Wonderful players like [Georginio] Wijnaldum. "Maybe people know why I've said we are not doing too badly. Joel Matip. Again, Sadio [Mane]. A lot of good players already. "But, it was not like — I don't know — [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic, Lukaku and others. Does that mean we can't do it? I have no idea. We will see." Liverpool's begin their Premier League season with a trip to Watford on August 12.

  • RB Leipzig's Demme escapes serious injur...

    RB Leipzig have confirmed that Diego Demme has only suffered bruising following a heavy challenge by Naby Keita during training on Monday. The duo were involved in an altercation during the session at their pre-season camp in Austria and Liverpool target Keita later caught his t...

    RB Leipzig's Demme escapes serious injury after reported bust-up with Liverpool target Keita

    RB Leipzig have confirmed that Diego Demme has only suffered bruising following a heavy challenge by Naby Keita during training on Monday. The duo were involved in an altercation during the session at their pre-season camp in Austria and Liverpool target Keita later caught his team-mate with a robust tackle. Liverpool 11/1 to win Premier League Demme was pictured hobbling from the pitch with the support of coaching staff and is said to have been taken to hospital in Innsbruck for assessment. Leipzig have since stated that the 25-year-old has not sustained any serious damage. "Let off for Diego Demme. He suffered a bruised knee from a tackle in training, but his meniscus & ligaments are fine. Get well soon, Diego!" the Bundesliga club said on Twitter. The training session was ended shortly after the incident and head coach Ralph Hasenhuttl reportedly demanded an apology from Keita. The 22-year-old has been consistently linked with Liverpool, with the Premier League side said to have had a bid of £66million rejected in the past week. Leipzig have repeatedly stressed that they will not sell the midfielder.

  • Van Dijk left out of Southampton squad a...

    Virgil van Dijk has been left out of Southampton's squad for a pre-season training camp in France. Get odds on Southampton to win PL opener Manager Mauricio Pellegrino has chosen a panel of 25 players to head for Evian-les-Bains, but the Netherlands international centre-back wi...

    Van Dijk left out of Southampton squad amid Liverpool rumours

    Virgil van Dijk has been left out of Southampton's squad for a pre-season training camp in France. Get odds on Southampton to win PL opener Manager Mauricio Pellegrino has chosen a panel of 25 players to head for Evian-les-Bains, but the Netherlands international centre-back will not travel with the team as speculation grows that he could make a switch to Arsenal or Liverpool in the coming weeks. Southampton have been fighting to retain the services of the 26-year-old former Celtic centre-back, stating in June that he is not for sale "at any price" and even threatening legal action after indicating they felt Liverpool had made an illegal approach for him. For a period, that quelled the Reds' apparent interest, yet over the course of the last fortnight, reports have steadily increased linking the Anfield club with a renewed push to sign the defender. On July 21, Pellegrino confirmed that Van Dijk had asked to leave the club and said that as a result he would have to train alone.  Arsenal have also been associated with a move for the Dutch defender, who has played 55 times in the Premier League since moving to the Saints in 2015.

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