Klopp hails double deal

Jurgen Klopp says the deals which saw Jordan Ibe and Brad Smith join Bournemouth are ‘perfect’ for Liverpool.

Liverpool: Klopp hails double deal Liverpool: Klopp hails double deal

The pair joined the south-coast club for a combined fee of around £20m but the Reds negotiated buy-back clauses in each deal that could see them return to Anfield in the future for a set price.

Klopp says he will monitor the progression of both players with the Cherries and has not ruled out the pair returning to Liverpool at some time in the future, although the exact details of how much Liverpool would have to pay is unclear.

“Things like this are usually really expensive but these aren’t,” Klopp told the ECHO. “Yes, there’s a bit of a risk. It’s not that you can sell someone for £10m with a buy-back clause of £8m. That would be fantastic!

“The difference between loaning a player and selling a player isn’t so great. Of course you get a fee when you sell a player. But in both situations you think they are old enough and ready to play but in that moment they don’t have a fixed position in your team.

“At that age you have to play and that was the case with Brad Smith and Jordon Ibe. They had the possibility to do that (with Bournemouth) and they were deals that absolutely made sense for both sides.

“Now Smith and Ibe are there and we have buy-back clauses. Hopefully they do really well and then in the end we and them will decide.

“The goodbyes were okay with both of them. Liverpool is still in their hearts so we will have a chance if they do well.”

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