Liverpool transfer news LIVE: Solanke to Rangers, big Shaqiri claim, latest on exits

Klopp on transfers

Jurgen Klopp has opened up on his summer spending in his pre-match press conference.

He said: “For us it’s pretty normal that we’ll spend a bit more money. The last few years I’ve had to defend our transfer behaviour as we sold more than we brought it. But that all made sense.

“We have to create a squad that is strong enough and wide enough to cope with the PL and step-by-step become closer. People ask me if it’s the best squad I’ve ever had – I don’t think about that.

“It’s about what we make of it and how often we deliver, how often we bring ourselves in the mood to fight against teams who want our points. We have to be ready to fight.”

Klopp on Can exit

Jurgen Klopp insists he has no problems with Emre Can, who ran down his contract and left for Juventus.

“We always had and still have a good relationship,” Klopp told the ECHO.

“I have no problem with a player leaving. The only problem I had for the club was that I wanted to get some money: ‘Sign a new contract and then we’ll sell you!’ But that wasn’t really realistic.

“There was never a problem between Emre and I.”

Ings on Saints move

Danny Ings completed a late move to Southampton last night, initially on loan before it becomes permanent next summer.

“It feels great. Obviously travelling down it felt kind of strange at first! I’m over the moon to come home and be close to my family,” he said.

“Everyone was aware of my situation at Liverpool. I found it very difficult last season after my injuries.

“When this football club came up, I had to take the opportunity to come home. It’s a fantastic football club who play great football and I’m just happy here.”

Shaqiri claim

Paul Merson reckons Xherdan Shaqiri could be one of the signings of the summer after he joined Liverpool from Stoke.

He told Sky Sports: “They’ve made unbelievable signings. Xherdan Shaqiri could be one of the signings of the window, he could be worth £35m now and the season hasn’t even started. This team will close the gap.

“Win the Premier League? No, but they can beat Man City in a one-off game. They did it enough times last season, but 25 points is a lot to make up in one season.

“It won’t be through a lack of good buys, though, because they are really good buys. Their Achilles heel for me will be against the lesser teams and if they can break them down but I’m all over Liverpool, I think they’re the team who will come second.

Could anyone still leave?

Liverpool could look abroad when trimming in the final weeks of the season.

Marko Grujic has been linked with a move away while Dominic Solanke is wanted by Rangers.

Divock Origi is likely to move abroad while some of the youngsters could also go on loan.

Danny Ings joined Southampton late last night to round off the deadline day business.

Window round up

Liverpool went hard in the summer window to add to their already decent squad.

Alisson is a world class addition and Fabinho and Naby Keita will enhance their midfield.

Xherdan Shaqiri offers another option in attack although they failed to bring in another real striker option.

They fixed the parts that really needed it but may struggle if Roberto Firmino gets an injury with Daniel Sturridge and Dominic Solanke likely to be back ups.

Major ins: Alisson Becker (Roma, £67m), Fabinho (Monaco, £43.7m), Naby Keita (Leipzig, £52.75m), Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke, £13.5m)

Major outs: Emre Can (Juventus, free), Ryan Kent (Rangers, loan), Danny Ward (Leicester, £12.5m), Harry Wilson (Derby, loan)

Source: https://www.express.co.uk/sport/football/1001626/Liverpool-transfer-news-live-Dominic-Solanke-Shaqiri

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