The Sun claim that Jurgen Klopp will have £150 million to spend this summer with his eyes set on four key signings with Premier League stars Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Virgil Van Dijk two of the top targets. Athletic Bilbao’s Inaki Williams and Monaco’s Tiemoue Bakayoko have also been tracked with an eye on a summer move.
Moves for these four would bring proven quality to the Reds’ squad which will be much needed if they do reach their goal of competing in Europe next season with all eyes on Champions League football with the club five points clear of Arsenal in fourth place, though Arsenal and Manchester United both have two games in hand.
However, Liverpool did stretch that lead this weekend with a comeback victory over Burnley to avoid being beaten by Sean Dyche’s team twice this season. Jurgen Klopp praised his side afterwards as he told the press, as quoted by the club website:
“Obviously we all have to used to it a little bit because it’s the first ‘ugly’ game we’ve won. Usually when we were not at our best we’ve lost and in a few parts of the game we weren’t at our best actually. If you’re not at your best it’s a close game and that’s how it was. We were not dominant enough to avoid Burnley’s game, they did what they want to do… Second half I thought we did much better… and in the end we won the game and it felt well deserved.”
It represented the kind of performance that has been lacking for Klopp this season, with his side too often struggling to pull results out of the bag against lower quality opposition.
In bad news though, Klopp revealed that captain Jordan Henderson is set for more time on the sidelines with an injury, again quoted by the club website:
“No chance. The [international] break, these two weeks, hopefully – it’s what we hope – can bring him back, but there’s no game possible in this time. That’s how it is. He cannot train, he for sure cannot play against City and it makes sense that he is doing the rehab. Hopefully he can run in the second week of the international break and then we have to see.”
The former Sunderland man is also expected to miss out on international duty with England this month, with all eyes on a return at the end of the month for the final run-in in the Premier League.
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