Klopp reveals £177m spending spree was decided before June

first_imgJurgen Klopp’s transfer plans went perfectly this summer, with the Liverpool boss having mapped out a £177 million ($226m) spending spree before the Champions League final.While many domestic rivals faced frustration in the latest transfer window, with Manchester United epitomising those struggles, those at Anfield acted swiftly and decisively.A deal for Naby Keita had been in place for several months, but Fabinho was brought on board in a surprise move which left rivals trailing in the Reds’ wake. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Klopp also snapped up Swiss forward Xherdan Shaqiri and made Alisson the world’s most expensive goalkeeper, prior to Chelsea’s signing of Kepa Arrizabalaga, with supposed weaknesses addressed and greater depth added.All of that was pieced together before suffering a 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid in May, with the man at the helm on Merseyside telling reporters: “The Champions League final had absolutely nothing to do with our transfer business.”Everything was already fixed and clear what we wanted. All decisions were made to that point already. I think our areas were obvious.”If Alisson was not on the market, we don’t move for a goalkeeper. He was on the market so we went for it.”That we wanted to have more options offensively – that was clear long before the final. I think Shaqiri is a fantastic example of how you can do it.”He ticks different boxes, he can play wide, he can play No. 10, it looks like he can play eight too and that is cool.”As for Fabinho, we knew a bit longer that Emre [Can] would not extend his contract so Fabinho was clear as a target, but not clear that we would get him.”Naby was clear. One left, one came in. Phil [Coutinho] left before then Naby came in. It is not the same type of player but it is a similar position at least.”Liverpool get their 2018-19 Premier League campaign underway at home to West Ham on Sunday.Expectation has risen heading into that contest on the back of a positive summer, with the Reds now being widely tipped to provide the biggest threat to reigning Premier League champions Manchester City. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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Aston Villa confirm Terry departure

first_imgTransfers Aston Villa release Terry after play-off final defeat Goal 01:15 5/31/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) John Terry Aston Villa 2017-18 Getty Images Transfers Aston Villa Premier League Chelsea Championship The former Chelsea man will not remain at Villa Park after failing to help secure a return to the Premier League this season John Terry and Aston Villa have parted ways after one season, the defender and the Championship club announced on Wednesday.Terry joined Villa last summer after seeing his time with Chelsea draw to a close and captained the side to the final of the play-offs after a fourth-placed finish in the regular league season.However, Villa ultimately fell 1-0 to Fulham at Wembley Stadium, denying them a return to the Premier League after a two-year absence. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now And Villa confirmed his contract will not be renewed for the 2018-19 campaign as they look to cut costs.“We would like to place on record our most sincere thanks for the effort and professionalism [Terry] showed with us last season,” the club said in a statement.“John is a true leader and was everything and more that we hoped. Hugely popular and influential in the dressing room, he played a real captain’s role in creating the incredible bond the players shared with our supporters, and vice-versa.“We hope he looks back on his time with Villa fondly and we wish him the very best as his career moves forward.”Terry himself took to Instagram following the announcement, saying: “Today I part ways with Aston Villa Football Club. I’m very proud to have had the opportunity to play and captain this great and huge club.“I have given my everything this year both on and off the pitch and I’m still hurting today that we never managed to get back to the Premier League, where this club 100% belongs. Likewise, Villa gave thanks to Terry for his service to the club over the last season.The 37-year-old defender previously had spent 21 years with Chelsea before ultimately losing his spot in the team under Antonio Conte and appearing only nine times in the Premier League in 2016-17.A drop to the Championship saw Terry play 35 times, scoring a single goal, and will now have a decision to make as to whether he will retire or look for a new club.last_img read more

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