Quotes in the Mail on Sunday attributed to Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp focused around the future of captain Jordan Henderson provided yet more insight into how the Reds have finally found a manager who knows what he’s doing in the transfer market.
“Everything is OK in this moment but nobody in the world, maybe only (Lionel) Messi, is unsellable,” said Klopp.
‘There is always a situation. I come from a club where always the best players are picked by other teams and at the end, you have to accept a few things and always need to have a Plan B or C.”
The situation with which the German refers to was at Borussia Dortmund, a club of similar stature to Liverpool who have grown accustomed to seeing stars leave in recent seasons, namely Luis Suarez and Raheem Sterling.
As a consistently steady centre-midfielder, Henderson certainly can’t be categorised alongside either of his former teammates, but as an England international of prime age and with over 200 games of Premier League experience, he would command a comparable transfer fee.
Especially when it’s considered that the club who are allegedly interested in buying him is top-tier rival Tottenham Hotspur.
As captain, Henderson obviously is a key member of the squad, but he’s a far cry from irreplaceable.
Indeed, Liverpool have been linked with countless deep-lying midfielders who would be more effective at linking defence and attack than the overly cautious Henderson ever-since the esteemed German took the reigns. Signing one of these players with change to strengthen elsewhere would be possible if Henderson was sold to Spurs.
Undoubtedly aware of this, if Klopp was desperate to keep Henderson he could’ve said as much, but his refusal to rule out the sale suggests he has some strategy in place.
It’s not the only example of the coach’s transfer astuteness he has demonstrated since taking charge at Anfield.
In January, he refused to spend the extortionate amount of money demanded by Shakhtar Donetsk for Alex Teixeira. Similarly, when his defensive ranks were ravaged by injury in the middle of the month, he could’ve panicked and paid over the odds for a new centre-back, but instead signed Steven Caulker on loan knowing he could get first choice target, Joel Matip, for free in the summer.
Klopp’s predecessor Brendan Rodgers was constantly lamented for his shortcomings in the transfer market, yet the early evidence suggests that fans needn’t worry about the club’s current boss having as tough a time of it.