Klopp's summer revamp will 'look at all departments apart from keeper'
Jurgen Klopp’s summer revamp will include signing a defender as Liverpool boss looks to kick start a ‘new chapter’…. with new sporting director Jorg Schmadtke set to oversee an influx of new players
- Liverpool linked with Alexis Mac Allister, Mason Mount and Matheus Nunes
- Klopp has indicated that reinforcements will not be limited to the engine room
- New Sporting Director Schmadtke likely to be on board to oversee summer deals
Jurgen Klopp has indicated Liverpool’s summer revamp will include a new defender as he insisted all options are open in the transfer market.
Liverpool’s manager will say an emotional farewell to four players – James Milner, Roberto Firmino, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita – at Anfield on Saturday, triggering the start of what Klopp has called “a new chapter” for the club.
There will be an influx of new faces when the window opens, with Alexis Mac Allister, Mason Mount and Matheus Nunes prominent contenders to be signed to bolster the midfield. It is likely, too, that a new Sporting Director in Jorg Schmadtke will be on board to oversee the completion of deals.
Klopp indicated for the first time, however, that the quest for reinforcements will not be limited to the engine room. The only area he isn’t looking to bolster is Liverpool’s goalkeepers and he ruled out the possibility of Caoimhin Kelleher, Alisson Becker’s back up, being offloaded.
‘We look in all departments apart from goalkeeper at the moment,’ said Klopp. ‘Yes, if there is a good one (defender) out there, I would not deny it. That’s all. We look at all areas of the pitch, definitely.”
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has insisted all options are open in the transfer market
James Milner, Roberto Firmino, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita will leave the club
A win against Aston Villa would extend their sequence of victories to eight but asked if results over the last few weeks has changed Liverpool’s transfer plans for the summer, Klopp said: ‘No, not really. Nothing has changed.’
Change at the club is inevitable, however, and while Klopp wouldn’t give any confirmation on whether a deal is in place for Schmadtke to replace the outgoing Julian Ward, the manner in which he spoke about his compatriot felt as if it was significant.
‘I cannot speak about that,’ said Klopp, when asked if a deal was close to being formalised. ‘But if it happens, it would not be a Jurgen Klopp signing because we are both German or both know each other. That would have nothing to do with it. I can say that.
‘Jorg Schmadtke I have known a long, long time. He knows me probably not as long as I know him, because he was a much better player. But we started in a similar moment our second career, I became a coach at Mainz and he became sporting director at Aachen.
‘Two teams of similar status, so from there we know each other a little bit. I know he is a good guy and a smart guy. Very good at what he did in Germany, definitely, very successful. His character is good, his personality is good, his humour is good. I know that from a few moments next to the pitch.
“We could talk about (Klopp’s former sporting director at Borussia Dortmund) Michael Zorc. Similar age group, similar situation, just a bit longer in retirement I know him much better. There are some good sporting directors in Germany you wouldn’t believe!’
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