After a disappointing result against rivals Manchester United, Liverpool will host Exeter in the replay of the FA Cup 3rd round this mid-week.
Ex-Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers in a interview with Sky Network revealed how the transfer committee at Anfield works. But the German denied any allegations and explained that he has the final say in transfer dealings.
He admitted that he would have to ask for a player but insisted that he will not purchase a player who is not in his wish list.
Klopp said, “Yes [I have the final say]. But does anybody have the final say. For example, say I wanted to take Zlatan Ibrahimovic and we have to pay £100 million plus a big contract at 35 I think I would have to ask first!”
“Sometimes my staff and I have an idea about a player, then we collect information and then we have players our scouts bring in and we speak about it.”
“If I don’t want a player to come here then he will not come. If a player I want doesn’t fit our budget then he will not come too. It’s a normal situation.”
Coming to the FA cup fixture, Klopp insisted that it was important for him to win the game and avoid any 4th round shockers. But he confirmed that a similar side will start the game as in the first leg at Exeter.
“It’s very important. It’s a real competition against a good team. It’s similar to Germany, they all know how to play football. It’s a real man’s competition.”
The German manager also insisted that this game was a great opportunity for the youngsters in the squad to prove themselves and take the team to the next round.
He said, “We play at Anfield and I would say we don’t have to think so much about the first game. It’s a big chance and we can show the young boys that we trust them.”
The Reds manager also delivered some update over the fitness of his team members. He said that Jon Flannagan is fit and ready to make the squad on the night but revealed that striker Daniel Sturridge has not trained with the team.
Talking about Sturridge Klopp said, “Daniel [Sturridge] is now back on the pitch but no team training since Newcastle so we can’t think about him.”
This leaves Klopp with just one option as Christian Benteke is now likely to start up top for the FA Cup fixture on Wednesday.
Keeper Simon Mignolet was given a 5 year contract extension recently amidst a lot of rumors that he will be replaced by the manager. However, the manager was adamant that the Belgian deserved a new deal.
“We would not have had offered him a new contract if we had the same thinking (as his critics). People are talking about new goalkeepers, especially from Germany, but I have heard nothing bad about Simon here.”
“It’s normal for Simon to be involved in one or two goals conceded, but the package is perfect. He is young enough to develop and gives the whole team a good feeling when he’s in the starting lineup.”
It will be important for Liverpool to travel as far as they can in Cup competitions as they are the only source of silverware for the German this season.