Reds’ boss Jurgen Klopp will be looking into the transfer market next month only if someone fits in his strategy and reiterated his intention of not accomplishing any luxurious and inessential signing. He has always emphasized on training over transfer and the players have proved they are worth of their manager’s trust.
However, Liverpool have decided to stop pursuing for Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Mahmoud Dahoud who has been a major transfer target for past six months. The 20 year old German youngster also rejected a new contract in August in order to depart at the end of the season amidst interest from Klopp’s Liverpool. French giants Paris st.-Germain also expressed their desire to acquire his services. But as per latest reports, Jurgen Klopp is content with his midfield options and believes Dahoud will be surplus to requirements at this moment.
Klopp has brought in young Serbian Marko Grujic who has joined the club this summer from his parent side Red Star Belgrade. Also, Georginio Wijnaldum is providing consistency in midfield since his £25m move from Newcastle United. Academy starlets Ovie Ejaria and Kevin Stewart have impressed in limited opportunities. Emre Can, Adam Lallana and Jordan Henderson have become integral in Reds’ revolution. Veteran Lucas Leiva has been a decent back up in midfield as well as in a make-shift centre-back role. With plenty of options in midfield, Klopp is feeling the need for Dahoud’s services has dissolved.
Meanwhile, Reds are interested to add an attacking option in January with Borussia Dortmund prodigy Christian Pulisic has been the topmost priority. The United States international, who turned 17 in September, has been a prime target of Jurgen Klopp since summer whom he bought in Dortmund in February, 2015. FSG, the American owners of the club, are happy to spend in January after a negative net spending in summer. Although Pulisic is valued around £25m, the dynamic winger is getting enough game-time in Germany and Michael Zorc, the sporting director of BVB, has suggested Klopp to forget about the transfer and the move “is not worth the effort”.
Previously, Julian Brandt of Bayern Leverkusen, FC Rostov forward Sardar Azmoun and Dutch winger Quincy Promes ( who playes for Russian outfit Spartak Moscow) have also been under consideration and the injury concerns of Philippe Coutinho as well as Daniel Sturridge and Sadio Mane’s unavailability in January due to African Cup of Nations might force Klopp to spend for one of his targets.
After a failing bid around £11m in summer for Pulisic, Liverpool will attempt to navigate another difficult negotiation next month. Klopp sights the teenager in his long term stratagem and will go for him once again in next summer if he fails to land him in January.