Liverpool boss admits injuries forced club’s hand
Jurgen Klopp has admitted the amount of injuries at Liverpool forced him to make a formal move for Shakhtar Donetsk striker Alex Teixeira.
Klopp faced the media today ahead of this weekend’s action, and he was asked about the club’s interest in the Brazilian, and although he remained tight-lipped on the saga, he admitted that injuries were the reasoning behind the bid.
Liverpool‘s chief exec Ian Ayre flew out to America in order to hold talks with Shakhtar and Teixeira, but the club’s first formal offer of around £25million was rejected.
Liverpool face competition from Premier League rivals Chelsea, who are still confident they can land the 26-year-old despite rivaled interest and despite his recent hamstring injury.
When asked about the transfer saga, Klopp refused to go into too much detail, but admitted his hands were forced.
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“I have nothing to say about this,” said Klopp. “We could talk about a lot of players in the world and I could, if we had time for this, talk about the qualities they have.
“The whole situation changed obviously. I think I always said if our situation changed then we had to change our opinion.
“The January window is not the best and if you are under pressure then everyone wants prices where you think ‘Are they crazy?’
“If you take a new player now we have two days to the next game, four days to the next so it is not a perfect moment.
“We have to watch the market, to think about what makes sense for us now plus for the summer.
“If we find a solution which fits for both transfer windows, winter and summer, and a player could help us as quickly as possible then of course we would try.
“I have always said we will watch the market and we will see if something happens, there are a few days to go.
“Nothing has changed in my mind or opinion. It is a little bit different with Steven Caulker.
“If there is a good player and we see a longer option with time to work together and not only for three games and all the others come back then we would think about it.
“If it was possible we would try to do something what we would want to do in summer.
“With player prices I think we should ignore this but we think about it, that’s all. It (thinking) didn’t change.”
Written by Alex Batt – @AlexBatt