Revealed: How Jurgen Klopp lifted Liverpool players’ spirits as club eye seven new stars

20 May

Left-back Alberto Moreno’s frailties dominated one topic of conversation, the importance of Anfield to this team another, and then the question of whether Liverpool, having lost two finals now this season to go with the near misses of recent campaign, possess enough leaders in their ranks to actually cross the winning line anytime soon.


When trailing 3-1 (and 4-2 on aggregate) to Borussia Dortmund in the quarters-finals, they were there. Yet from the moment Kevin Gameiro equalised, no one was able to summon the mental fortitude to counter and reclaim a foothold in a contest they had assumed control of through Daniel Sturridge’s brilliance.

Liverpool will not react to defeat, even one as demoralising as this, in isolation.

Klopp’s plans to introduce fresh blood were already in motion before they travelled to Switzerland.

Mario Gotze is the top target, and the absence of European football next season now should not be overly off-putting given he has hardly been Bayern Munich’s go-to man in the Champions League.

A £4.7m deal for Mainz goalkeeper Loris Karius is close, Liverpool want Leicester’s teenage left-back Ben Chilwell and there is interest in Udinese’s Piotr Zielinski and Borussia Monchengladbach’s Mahmoud Dahoud. The transfers of Marko Grujic and Joel Matip have already been completed.

There will be an expectation in some quarters that without the complication of continental competition Liverpool can be contenders next term as they were under Brendan Rodgers in 2014.

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