It was an important transfer window for Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool this summer.
The German boss took over at Anfield in October and could only lead them to an eighth-placed finish in the league.
Therefore, Klopp realised that he needed to strengthen his squad to get them back into the Champions League ahead of his first full season in charge.
He ended up spending almost £70 million on the likes of Sadio Mane (£34m) and Georginio Wijnaldum (£25m). However, it seems that it was a different player that he was desperate to sign this summer.
That’s according to Emre Can who has revealed how Klopp really wanted to bring Joel Matip on a club.
What Klopp told Can
“He’s very good on the ball. He was a leader at Schalke and played many years there. I think you need a player like him.
“Klopp said to me last year that he always said when he was at Dortmund that when he was at another club he would buy Matip.
“He liked him a lot and that’s why he brought him here to Liverpool.”
Klopp must have been delighted when he realised that Matip’s contract was expiring at the end of last season and, therefore, managed to snap up the Cameroonian on a free transfer.
Matip missed the start of this season through injury but made his Premier League debut against Spurs last week, where he produced an impressive performance alongside Dejan Lovren at the heart of defence.
With Matip just turning 25 and already showing his qualities in the Premier League, it’s hardly surprising that Klopp was so keen to bring him to Anfield.
Also, with Klopp getting rid of Martin Skrtel and Kolo Toure - and seemingly having a falling out with Mamadou Sakho - it’s just as well a player of Matip’s quality became available.
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