Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp reveals transfer plans amid links to Brighton’s Leeds United loanee Ben White
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has insisted there is pathway for the club’s brightest young stars to shine at first-team level.
The newly-crowned Premier League champions recently handed new deals to Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliott, while Neco Williams has recently made a senior breakthrough, while loanee Rhian Brewster has enjoyed a superb stint at Swansea City.
It’s a situation that will come as a huge boost, with the club clearly reluctant to strengthen their squad with big-money signings this summer.
Interest in TImo Werner dropped off, while links with Thiago Alcantara appear wide of the mark, and Klopp admits that the youngsters breaking through the ranks may well help the club save money in a “crazy” transfer window.
“Timing is always important in life,” he said ahead of the trip to Brighton. “Whatever we can create by ourselves the better because it saves money. The boys need time but we will use them as often as possible. That’s the plan. Whatever we can save in the crazy world in transfer markets is good.
“That’s why I’m so happy about the two contracts.
“There is always an easier way, you can make sure you are now in the best place or you can prepare your career. We are here for preparing careers.
“It will be really good for them and I think we have proven, I have proven at Dortmund and here that it’s not about how old you are, or who you are, it’s about how good you are. Then you can play.”
Those comments only add to the narrative that Klopp will be unwilling to be held to ransom in the summer window, which will immediately spark questions over any alleged interest in Brighton’s Ben White.
White is currently on loan at Leeds United, and has been linked with a host of big names on the back of a string of impressive performances under Marcelo Bielsa, including Liverpool.
Sources on Merseyside have indicated that the are indeed in the market for a centre-back in this window and, while it appears that suggestions of a £35million price tag are likely wide of the mark, Albion are seemingly under no pressure to sell – and that means they will likely be in a strong position to demand a hefty price tag.
Given Klopp’s recent comments, it’s a situation that could subsequently spell the end of any possible interest.