Liverpool are unlikely to make any signings in the January transfer window despite sanctioning the departures of Dominic Solanke and Nathaniel Clyne on Friday.
Bournemouth agreed an initial £19million fee with the Premier League leaders for England Under-21 striker Solanke, who has failed to make a single appearance this season, and also took Clyne, who has lost his place to Trent Alexander-Arnold, on loan for the rest of the season.
Liverpool still enjoy a four-point lead at the top despite suffering a first league defeat of the season against Manchester City on Thursday and Klopp sees no reason to delve into the market, insisting allowing Solanke to seek a fresh challenge felt like a moral obligation.
Probably not, said Klopp when asked if Solankes sale would change his transfer plans.
They are two different cases anyway. Football is a business obviously but we also need to care about people. For Dom it was absolutely right to go.
It was a bit unlucky for him because the moments when there was space for him to come into the team, he had injuries and in other moments the squad was full and we had other options.
He trained pretty well but you cannot stay confident over that long period, especially in that age group and he didnt play at lot for Chelsea. He needed to play football.
“Bournemouth made a good offer to be honest, for him its a really good opportunity. Could there be a moment in the next half-year where the situation could have changed for him? Maybe, yes. In future, we want to sign young players and keep young players, but we dont want to block them.
On Clyne, he added: As a manager, to have an option like Clyney is good. When I came in here, Clyney felt like he played in every game, he was always fit and could always play and was a very important part of the squad and the team. Then he got the back problem and nobody knew how long it would take, and it took quite a while.
In that time it changed. Joe was fit, Trent came up, and Clyney is at an age where he need to play and wants to play. He came in and asked if he could go, I thought about it and then said yes, you can. Because we have other options, younger boys coming up and all that stuff.
You can always keep a player but to keep him in the right shape and right amount of confidence, thats not always easy. You have to play more then Clyney was. That it was also to Bournemouth was more a coincidence than anything else.
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