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Saturday 24 June 2017

Klopp may have to wait on summer signings

Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard is substituted for Steve McManaman during the match against Sydney FC. Photo by Matt King/Getty
Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard is substituted for Steve McManaman during the match against Sydney FC. Photo by Matt King/Getty

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admits he may not get the transfer business he wants done before pre-season starts.

A year ago the German had concluded all of his signings by July 20, bringing in Sadio Mane, Joel Matip, Georginio Wijnaldum, Ragnar Klavan, Loris Karius and Alex Manninger in a summer which also had Euro 2016 taking place.

This time around, however, he is not so confident he will get what he wants in sufficient time despite previously admitting most of the work on recruitment had already been done.

"I wish tomorrow (to have signings completed) but unfortunately that's not really likely," he told his post-match press conference after yesterday's 3-0 friendly win over Sydney FC in Australia.

"The best scenario is that you have them for the start of pre-season but I'm not sure if it will happen this time.

"It's different with all different players so we will see. That's not a big problem because we all know if they are fit and healthy we have a really strong squad and that means we could start with this squad.

"But that doesn't mean that I would prefer this, I would love to have them in as soon as possible."

Liverpool's post-season friendly in Sydney kicked off just 11 hours after the team touched down in Australia but they were still more competitive than their hosts, champions of the A-League.

Former players Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher - long-since retired but drafted into the squad for the showpiece game - were named in the starting line-up alongside 17-year-old Ben Woodburn, who was not born when the veteran pair made their Liverpool debuts.

But it was striker Daniel Sturridge, who has missed most of the season with injury, who impressed.

He opened the scoring in the eighth minute and crossed for the third for Roberto Firmino, whose clever scooped through-ball had allowed left-back Alberto Moreno to score the Reds' second.

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