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Klopp’s Honest Admission: How Emergence of ‘Top Player’ Could Impact Liverpool’s Transfer Plans

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Klopp’s Honest Admission: How Emergence of ‘Top Player’ Could Impact Liverpool’s Transfer Plans

When asked if the emergence of a “top player” would affect his plans, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp stated that his transfer plans for a midfield rebuild remain unchanged, despite the rise of Stefan Bajcetic. The team’s priority this summer is to strengthen their midfield, with Jude Bellingham from Borussia Dortmund being their primary target.

 Although 19-year-old Harvey Elliott has been a regular player for Liverpool this season, and Bajcetic has become an important player since the start of the year, the departure of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita at the end of their contracts, along with uncertainty regarding James Milner’s contract extension, means that there is still significant work to be done.

“We know exactly what we need. That didn’t change,” said Klopp.

“But I wouldn’t say when we started our planning in September/October that Stefan was already necessarily involved in all of these talks but of course he is now – it would be crazy if not.

“He is a top player and we are really happy that when we had to improve defensively but his defensive contribution is really interesting for each football team.

“The position he plays, he is a really smart player with good vision, good overview, good technique, but we need players, we cannot go with only three midfielders in a season.”

Elliott arguably had his best game for the club in last week’s win over Wolves and Klopp has been impressed with the teenager’s development.

“Pretty good for a 19-year-old, yeah? There is a lot to come from the boy,” he added.

“We count on them but that does not mean we will not have a look in the summer.”

Speaking last month, Mark Lawrenson suggested that Bajcetic has “made all of the difference” for Liverpool.

“He’s a player. I hate to go so early when you see a young player come into the team, but he’s been outstanding,” Lawrenson said.

“I’ve been at all of the last five or six games and he’s been outstanding and he has been the best player. It remains to be seen today what will happen. He got Fabinho back at the weekend, Henderson is there as well, you need that experience, but Bajcetic is different and he’s made all of the difference.

“He has no fear at the moment, he probably goes home after training and says ‘this is easy, I wish I’d done this two years ago when I was a real kid.”

Klopp’s Honest Admission: How Emergence of ‘Top Player’ Could Impact Liverpool’s Transfer Plans

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