Jurgen Klopp previews Leicester City Premier League clash
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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has doubled down on his decision to snub signing a replacement for Gini Wijnaldum in the summer – and has hinted that he’s unlikely to dip into the transfer market in the New Year due to the emergence of young trio Harvey Elliott, Curtis Jones and Tyler Morton.
Wijnaldum had evolved into a pivotal player under Klopp during his three years on Merseyside before he walked out on the club to sign for Paris Saint-Germain in the summer.
Fans and pundits alike were left surprised by Klopp’s decision to not replace Wijnaldum.
Instead, the German has handed host of the Reds’ promising youngsters and fringe players the chance to step up and attempt to fill Wijnaldum’s boots.
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And although a permanent successor to the Dutchman hasn’t quite yet been established, Klopp is adamant that the promising breakthroughs made by the likes of Elliott, Jones and Morton this term have vindicated his decision to resist signing a midfielder in the summer.
“I think because the team stayed together for a long time now, we maybe lost Gini last year but the majority of the team stayed together and it helps us develop things,” Klopp said ahead of the Reds’ trip to Leicester on Tuesday night.
“That’s why when you have a core group that play together for a while, then you can put in younger players as well.
“Like we did at the beginning of the season with Harvey, who was absolutely outstanding and massively impressive in that period.
“When you bring in Curtis, the way he performs is because we are stable and because of his talent.
“And now Tyler is coming in and that’s possible because of how the rest around him works.”
The likes of Elliott, Jones and Morton have all enjoyed spells in the Reds’ first team this year.
Elliott, who was snapped up from Fulham’s academy by Liverpool in 2019, had impressed in the Reds midfield early on in the season before his progress was halted by a sickening ankle injury.
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In his absence, Jones impressed before he also had a spell on the sidelines. Morton has become the latest starlet to impress Klopp in recent weeks.
Klopp’s comments also make it unlikely that the Reds will dip into the transfer market when the window reopens next week.
Liverpool are set to lose a host of stars when the Africa Cup of Nations begins in January – including Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.
But it looks as though Klopp is set to keep his power dry regardless next month.
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