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Liverpool round-up: Klopp previews deadline day; Pulisic bid expected; expectations discussed

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Liverpool round-up: Klopp previews deadline day; Pulisic bid expected; expectations discussed

Klopp discusses Liverpool’s deadline day

Liverpool enjoyed an impressive win over Napoli on Saturday as Jurgen Klopp appears to be closing in on his final squad to launch a Premier League title challenge in 2018/19. The German discussed the chances of doing any business on deadline day but clearly feels that any new signings are unlikely.

“We will see what happens. I cannot kill your D-day show, people sit there in front of the television all day waiting. If any player from my team is available, then in every other situation in my life as a manager I would have bought all of them, to be honest. They are all fantastic boys, they are able to play fantastic football. In this moment, the squad would be too big, that’s true.”

Klopp clearly feels that arrivals are unlikely. 

What may happen, as the manager suggests, is that there are exits. Players like Danny Ings, Marko Grujic, Simon Mignolet and Lazar Markovic face uncertain futures and may have their future decided this week if they are to remain in the Premier League.

Pulisic bid may come in January

The club have been boosted in their pursuit of a long-term transfer target though, according to the Mirror, in the form of Christian Pulisic. They say that a bid from Liverpool is expected and may come in January or next summer. As such, it is a major boost for the club that Borussia Dortmund are set to reject any interest from Chelsea in the teenager.

American international Pulisic scored twice against the Reds earlier on in pre-season and has been a target for the club for some time. Now, it is expected that the club could make a move for the winger in the future.

Expectations discussed by Klopp

A summer of big spending has led to obvious questions about what is expected of his Liverpool team. Benefiting from patient fans and owners, the coach believes that there is no pressure on him for silverware this season, even if it is the aim for him and his squad of players.

“We have shown a lot of good things in the last few years but it was never in one second easy and it will not be this season easy.If we win a game, we win a game and must win the next game as well, not be celebrating anything as if it is decided. I really believe our fans are spot on and know what is going on. We have high expectations of ourselves but our situation has not changed. I do not see that United has got weaker, or City weaker. Tottenham have not sold a player and have stayed together. I think Arsenal and Chelsea will be stronger than last year. Everton obviously are pushing from behind. Wolves are not shy to spend money. The league will be difficult.”

The coach is keen to temper expectations.

It’s clear that the former Dortmund coach does not want to apply pressure to his players, many of whom have never experienced winning a league title. With so many contenders ready to fight for the title, Klopp may have his work cut out even after spending big this summer.

Sam is a football journalist focusing on English football at all levels and Spanish football. He also writes for Spain's biggest daily sports newspaper, MARCA, as well as The Boot Room. Find Sam on Twitter at @samleveridge.

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