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In an interview with ESPN, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has insisted that handing out new contracts to many of their first-team stars has been their equivalent of making transfers.
Having clinched another Champions League title at the end of last season, the summer transfer window has been a relatively quiet affair on the red half of Merseyside.
The Reds however have been busy ensuring some of their key players have been tied down to long-term contracts in recent weeks and months, and Klopp has insisted that this is something people are overlooking.
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He said: “That’s actually our transfers, but nobody’s interested in hearing that really because that’s how it is. You have a player, he’s good, you want to keep him, if he signs a new contract then for a few people, it means only that he will be more expensive when we sell him or whatever, or that it doesn’t mean anything nowadays.
“In our case, these are our transfers. The new contracts and keeping these boys here is a strong, strong signal for the outside world. It’s wonderful sign, to be honest. I like the fact that these boys are really at a good football age. They won the European Cup, which is good and helps of course because it increases your base.”
As more and more clubs are finding out to their peril, allowing some of your best players to run down their contracts and eventually leave on a cut-price deal or even for nothing in the worst cases is incredibly poor business.
The Reds on the other hand have been fairly proactive in convincing the likes of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino, amongst others, to put pen to paper on new deals. It means Liverpool will predominantly be in a strong position if ever interested clubs think about wanting to sign them.
Whilst the inactivity in the transfer window this summer can be concerning – particularly with rival clubs looking to strengthen – Liverpool’s squad won the Champions League and ran Manchester City ever close to the Premier League too. The main priority is keeping the squad in tact, and Klopp’s side have done that to perfection.