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‘We brought them in already’ – Jurgen Klopp delivers latest Liverpool transfer update | Football | Sport


Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side returned to action last night at Prenton Park as they took on neighbours Tranmere Rovers in a pre-season friendly for the third successive year.

The Reds once again ran out comfortable winners with Nathaniel Clyne opening the scoring before a Rhian Brewster brace put the visitors in control by half-time.

A completely-changed eleven ran out for the second 45 minutes and were just as comfortable, with Curtis Jones, Divock Origi and Bobby Duncan all on the scoresheet for a comfortable 6-0 triumph.

Liverpool have just 28 days before they open their Premier League campaign at home to Norwich City.

But as of yet, they have only made one signing with Liverpool’s new boy – Sepp van den Berg – absent against League One outfit Tranmere because the 17-year-old remains ineligible while he waits for FIFA clearance.

Another promising teenager, Harvey Elliott, is expected to join Liverpool in the coming days having been pictured in the stands last night.

The 16-year-old is the youngest Premier League player ever after making his top-flight debut for Fulham last season but he rejected a scholarship with the Cottagers and will secure a move to Anfield, signing a three-year professional deal when he turns 17 in April.

Klopp was questioned about his quiet transfer activity after the win at Tranmere, but insists he has already brought players into the field who will contribute to the first-team immediately, with both Van den Berg and Elliott seen more as players for the future.

“We brought them in already, only you don’t realise it,” insisted Klopp. “Rhian Brewster; [Alex] Oxlade-Chamberlain didn’t play last year; all the young boys today. 

“They are all new players for us, that’s all good. The transfer market is open until August 8. 

“The whole of Europe had the idea to close the transfer window early and the only country that did it was then England, so we close it now three weeks before all the others. 

“We will see what we do but I don’t think it will be the biggest transfer window of all time.”

Klopp was particularly impressed with the two-goal display of Brewster, who also added an assist despite only playing the first-half.

He hailed: “I saw a really good game and Rhian is a fantastic player, that is the only thing I want to talk about. We can talk about Rhian, no problem, I don’t want to play him down or it down.”

Asked if it will be a ‘big season’ for Brewster, the Liverpool manager continued: “100 per-cent, but again it depends on him as well. Divock Origi stays, obviously, which is good news; Bobby Firmino is still there; Rhian Brewster is a top striker, a top talent, and I am really happy. 

“I told him [Brewster] already, he has an important role this year – but how important? Again, it depends on him and we will see. 

“He has to play different positions as well because the centre is OK, wing I think is possible, and then we will see how we can line up. There will be opportunities for him, I am really sure.”

But Klopp was more coy when asked about Van den Berg’s role this year, admitting “it depends” when quizzed as to whether the Dutchman will play a first-team role in 2019-20.

“I open the door but the boys have to go through still,” the German said. He is a wonderful player as well, but because of FIFA rules he is not available in the moment, but we have other good players. 

“He thought his future should be here and I thought the same, so now he is here and now let’s work together. 

“He is 17 years old and when you see him you forget that constantly, but he is 17 and so there is a lot to learn. The good thing is he has the most time to do so, so everything will be fine.”



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