Liverpool Transfer News: Klopp has no Dortmund restrictions
The Express reference a ‘verbal accord’ that was understood to have been in place between BVB and Klopp which dictated that the German coach could not raid his former club for their star men.
However, as reported by the tabloid, the manager—who has lost only once since replacing Brendan Rodgers in October—has confirmed that he would be willing to sign players from his former club, and that nothing is preventing him from doing so.
“There is no agreement with Borussia Dortmund,” Klopp began, as per the Express. “I heard as well that there was one – these sort of things are always written at the time but, no it’s not true.”
The coach’s comments could apparently open the door to a whole host of superb options at Dortmund, many of whom Liverpool fans would be delighted to welcome to Anfield.
The likes of Ilkay Gundogan, Mats Hummels, Marco Reus, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, and Sven Bender all starred at BVB under Klopp, and any of the quintet could make a big difference on Merseyside. Similarly, Bundesliga hotshot Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been linked to the Premier League in recent weeks [Daily Star], and could be a transformative addition for the Reds.
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According to the Mirror, one player who Klopp is keen on recruiting is Stoke City goalkeeper, with the tabloid reporting that the Reds are set for a ‘transfer tug-of-war’ with their city rivals Everton in order to sign the 22-year-old England international.
However, the source suggests that Stoke would want £17 million for the stopper, a fee which may prompt Klopp—who can already call upon Belgian keeper Simon Mignolet—to think twice.