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Jurgen Klopp: If Jadon Sancho was a Liverpool target, the press wouldn’t know about it

By J Smith

Published: 15:52, 4 December 2019

Jurgen Klopp has played down rumours linking Jadon Sancho with Liverpool, insisting that even if he was a target, the press wouldn’t know about it.

The England international has become one of Europe’s hottest prospects since joining Borussia Dortmund from Manchester City in 2017, scoring 21 goals and recording 28 assists in 74 games for the club so far.

Could Sancho join Liverpool? Five things to know…

  • Sancho left Man City to join Dortmund for a reported £8m in 2017.
  • He’s since become one of the most sought-after talents in Europe.
  • His form in Germany has helped him win 11 senior England caps so far.
  • Reports now link him with Liverpool, as well as Man Utd, Barca and Real Madrid.
  • But Klopp says the press wouldn’t know of their interest in Sancho either way.

Naturally, his form has put him at the centre of an intense rumour mill, with the likes of Manchester United, Barcelona and Real Madrid also being linked alongside Liverpool.

But Klopp has moved to shut down talk regarding Sancho, insisting Liverpool’s interest in him wouldn’t be common knowledge whether it was true or not.

“He’s a very good player,” Klopp said of Sancho ahead of Wednesday’s Merseyside derby clash with Everton.

“I have no clue where these kind of things [the rumours] are coming from, but it cannot come from us because we never speak about it.

“If we would be involved, nobody would know about it apart from a person who wouldn’t speak about it. There’s nothing to say. I know how it sounds, but I cannot change that. There’s nothing to say about it, which can mean there’s absolutely nothing to say about it.”

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On Sancho’s potential fee — which would likely be a nine-figure sum — Klopp added: “That’s one issue, 100 per cent an issue.” 

Liverpool “always ready” to make signings, says Klopp

Despite pouring cold water on the Sancho speculation, Klopp did admit he would be open to dipping into the January transfer market should the right target some along.

The Reds are currently eight points clear of Leicester City at the top of the Premier League table but with a busy schedule coming up which involves the League Cup, FA Cup and the Fifa Club World Cup, some extra squad members wouldn’t go amiss.

“We don’t speak about it, but we are pretty much always ready to do something if it will help us,” the German tactician said.

“If not, then not. We will see. I think the summer window is more difficult because of the different moments when it closes in Europe.

“That makes it really difficult. We will see how that will be in the future. The summer window only hurts the English clubs.”