Klopp makes interesting Sancho remarks
Liverpool are always being linked with top players, despite making big-money signings not really being their thing. Recently it was Kylian Mbappe of Paris Saint-Germain who was being mentioned, until Jurgen Klopp moved decisively to dismiss the rumours.
“Buying this calibre of player is difficult. I don’t see any club at the moment who can buy Kylian Mbappe from PSG. I don’t see any club; that is how it is. And we are involved in the clubs that cannot do it. It is as easy as that”, he said.
“OK, from a sporting point of view, there are not a lot of reasons to not sign him. What a player he is.
“But it is about the money, of course. No chance. Absolutely no chance. Sorry for killing that story!”
However, when asked about the rumours about a potential move for Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho, the German was a bit more evasive.
“He’s a very good player. I have no clue where these kind of things are coming from, but it cannot come from us because we never speak about it.
“If we would be involved, nobody would know about it apart from a person who wouldn’t speak about it. There’s nothing to say.
“Cost? That’s one issue, 100 per cent that would be an issue. But there’s nothing to say about it.
“I know how it sounds, but I cannot change that. There’s nothing to say about it, which can mean there’s absolutely nothing to say about it.”
There is an obvious difference in the way the boss responded to the two rumours, and it remains to be seen if there is any difference in what actually happens in the transfer market. While Sancho certainly wouldn’t come cheap (the sum of €130 million is being thrown about), signing a player on the verge of becoming huge, but let’s face it, not quite there yet – unllike Mbappe – would probably make sense.
Some dispute the notion by rightly stating the fact that he would not displace any of Liverpool’s current front three. However, there are certainly ways of accommodating all four in the starting XI in certain games, and as for him not wanting to be a backup, in all honesty, at which top European club would he be a guaranteed starter? Barcelona? Real Madrid? Bayern Munich? Juventus? PSG? Manchester City? If he feels a guaranteed place in the starting XI is the most important thing when considering his next step, than he won’t likely go to any club that would represent a step up from where he is at the moment.
And that, according to reports in Germany, is likely to be the case in January, with Klopp’s former employers apparently unwilling to sell at all halfway through the season and they expect him not to push for it, despite the recent issues between club and player. However, things will probably be different in the summer.