Jurgen Klopp reveals what he wants Liverpool to focus on as transfer deadline gets closer

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LIVERPOOL boss Jurgen Klopp says tying his players down to new contracts are the club’s version of making transfers.

Jurgen Klopp is not expected to do any major business at Anfield between now and the end of the summer transfer window, having spent nearly £250million in 2018.

Last season, Liverpool came close to winning their first English league title in 29 years, ultimately losing out on the top spot to Manchester City by one point.

Klopp and co. did manage to end the season on a high note as they lifted their sixth European Cup with Champions League final victory over Tottenham.

Their key signings from a busy 2018 proved to be the difference as Liverpool picked up their first trophy since 2012.

Goalkeeper Alisson and centre-back Virgil van Dijk were instrumental in the club’s success, with the latter picking up the PFA player of the season award.

But Klopp has insisted that the club are just trying to focus on getting current players to commit themselves to the club – rather than make any new signings.

“That’s [players signing new contracts]actually our transfers, but nobody’s interested in hearing that really because that’s how it is,” Klopp told ESPN FC.

“You have a player, he’s good, you want to keep him.

“If he signs a new contract then for a few people, it means only that he will be more expensive when we sell him or whatever, or that it doesn’t mean anything nowadays.

“In our case, these are our transfers. The new contracts and keeping these boys here is a strong, strong signal for the outside world. It’s wonderful sign, to be honest.

“I like the fact that these boys are really at a good football age.

“They won the European Cup, which is good and helps of course because it increases your base.”

The club were interested in a move for Lille’s Nicolas Pepe but it looks as if Arsenal have won the race for the Ivorian’s signature, having reportedly agreed a £72m deal for the winger.

Liverpool, who may add a versatile defender to their squad before deadline day, take on Napoli next in their pre-season exploits, with the game scheduled to take place at Murrayfield in Edinburgh.

The Reds haven’t tasted victory in the last three games this summer, losing to both Borussia Dortmund and Sevilla, before drawing with Sporting Lisbon.

Klopp’s side are preparing to take on rivals City in the Community Shield on August 4 at Wembley.

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