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    Monday, 17 July 2017

    Jurgen Klopp explains why Keita and Van Dijk deals haven't happened yet

    There's still a month and a half to go until the transfer window closes, but there has already been a number of big deals. 
    Manchester United signed Romelu Lukaku from Everton for £75 million, completing one of the most shocking deals of the summer so far. 
    Their rivals Manchester City paid Tottenham £50 million for full-back Kyle Walker, which made him the most expensive Englishman ever. 
    Arsenal made a statement by landing French forward Alexandre Lacazette, breaking their club record deal, paying over £52 million for his services. 
    Across London, reigning Premier League champions Chelsea appear to be starting to make big moves, after recently signing Antonio Rudiger and Tiemoue Bakayoko. 
    And finally, Liverpool have already been very active in the window.
    They completed a deal for AS Roma's Mohamed Salah very early on and followed that by signing Dominic Solanke from Antonio Conte's Chelsea.
    Despite this, manager Jurgen Klopp has had his eye on two other players, meaning they might not be done yet.
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    The Reds have reportedly been targeting Virgil van Dijk and Naby Keita for a number of months, but have been unsuccessful in negotiations.   
    With the new season fast approaching, Klopp has revealed exactly why they haven't been able to sign these two men, offering an interesting analogy. 
    "You go out and see the car that you have been dreaming about your whole life," he said, as per the Daily Mail.
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    "You say “here is the money” but they say to you “I don’t want to sell the car”. You say “but I have got the money!” but they say “I don’t want to sell.”
    Of course, he's not talking about buying cars, instead footballers. But it's clear to see he's growing increasingly annoyed over negotiations with both Southampton and Leipzig.
    "We have the money, we have different things but it is still like this. We want to have the right things (and not) just do something. It is not about a number. It is about how it fits together."
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    "If they (Liverpool’s owners) could make it quicker, you can imagine they would be here and trying. It’s not about money or something like this."
    If negotiations drag on for more than a few more weeks, Liverpool may risk going into the next campaign under prepared.
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    This is something Klopp really won't want to do, but the way things have been going at Anfield this summer, it may soon be a reality. 

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