Upamecano and Koulibaly ‘out of reach’ for Liverpool but Klopp didn’t panic to buy with Davies and Kabak, says McAteer
The former Reds midfielder has refuted any suggestion that Jurgen Klopp had bought for fun, with ‘high profile’ signings not available in January.
Ben Davies and Ozan Kabak weren’t panic buys by Liverpool, says Jason McAteer, who says Jurgen Klopp ingeniously recruited with “top-level” center-half options such as Dayot Upamecano and Kalidou Koulibaly “out of the box”. scope”.
The Reds were in desperate need of defensive additions as another winter deadline approached, with premature injuries to Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Joel Matip and Fabinho leaving them short of options.
Klopp plunged into the Championship ranks to keep Davies away from Preston, before turning to his native Germany for Turkey international Kabak – who was contracted by an initial loan from Schalke.
It has been suggested that interim additions have been made at Anfield, with the reigning Premier League champions expected to rekindle interest in Upamecano and Koulibaly at some point.
They weren’t available in January, and McAteer believes Klopp has done a good job with the options available to him.
The former Liverpool midfielder said FreeSuperTips: “The January transfer window is always a delicate period to sign players and clubs like to inflate the price. If a club are looking to sign players in the middle of the season, they do so because they need them, which means there is a premium on player fees.
“Liverpool were desperate for a central defender, which everyone knew, so the top players they would be looking for are not available at the moment at the price they would like to pay.
“You have Dayot Upamecano and Kalidou Koulibaly that everyone keeps talking about and they won’t be let go for cheap money.
“RB Leipzig won’t want to sell Upamecano because they are still in the Champions League, against Liverpool they want 50 million pounds ($ 68 million) for him, Koulibaly would be up for 70 million pounds ($ 96 million ), who went out. range for most clubs at the moment.
“Everyone throws a few extra millions on the price of a player when they know a club is desperate.
“You cannot question the recruitment of Liverpool. Since Jurgen Klopp is the manager, there are only one or two that haven’t worked out.
“Davies has always been on Liverpool’s radar, he’s 25 and has played football a lot in his career. He was in the right place to learn his trade and we talked about a few clubs that were interested in him, as well as Liverpool.
“For Liverpool, signing Davies is a long-term project. I can’t see him being thrown into the squad right away, especially with Nathaniel Phillips doing well right now. Jurgen Klopp won’t take him out of the squad against Davies.
“With Kabak, he’s young and has a lot of potential. We all know Jurgen Klopp has a lot of friends in football who advise him and watch players all over the world. He listened to his friend, David Wagner, who sang Kabak’s praises and highly values the defender.
“Kabak is a full Turkish international, having made seven appearances for the first team he’s good in the air, good on set pieces, and Liverpool now have the opportunity to watch him closely to see if they want it. ‘buy. Summer.
“I wouldn’t say Liverpool panicked by bringing in two center-backs on deadline day, I think that’s a big part of the club’s business.
Liverpool, who have used club captain Jordan Henderson as a makeshift center-half in recent weeks, will be back in action on Sunday in a close clash with their other title prospects Manchester City.