Jurgen Klopp has revealed the nightmare of “crazy money” behind his failure to land a centre half in the transfer window.
The Liverpool boss is adamant he will continue to try for the defender he so desperately needs before the deadline on Monday, outlining his ‘ideal solution” of a signing a top class player to plug short term gaps and long term demands.
It is understood the club’s wide-ranging search saw them make contact with several clubs, including RB Leipzig, with an initial inquiry about Dayot Upamecano, and then firm interest in highly-rated young French centre back Ibrahima Konate.
Klopp though, is under no illusions at the size of the transfer task.
“You know the situation with centre-halves out there,” he said.
“You know the clubs where the centre-halves are playing, because everyone is talking about them. Tell me if one of these clubs needs the money and needs to sell a player?
“And if they need money then they want crazy money. I am not sure there is an £80million centre-back available at the moment and a club thinks ‘We can get £80m for him so we will sell him’.
“The teams would not sell this calibre of player now.”
Klopp says he is amazed that fans believe it simple to go out and instantly sign up a defender good enough to play for Liverpool.
“That’s not how it works – we can not go out and say (to rivals) ‘are you ready to sort out our problem?’”, he said.
But he has also reassured the Reds’ worried supporters that the transfer team spend every waking hour working on the problem, adding: “If we don’t sleep, we work. That’s what we did all the time. So we will try and we will see.”
And he still hasn’t ruled out the prospect of achieving his ideal solution of bringing in a defender who instantly solves the immediate problem of the long term absence of Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez, along with a long term solution to the lack of a reliable third and fourth choice centre half.
“In an ideal world, it would be that the short term solution is the long term solution as well – wow that would be great!!” he said.
“I don’t know if we can do that, but we will see…”
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