Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists the club’s transfer strategy is always to build “a team for now and tomorrow”.
Having made the late and surprise signing of Porto striker Luis Diaz for an initial £37.5m fee, 24 hours later they ran out of time on a £8m deadline day deal for the Fulham teenager. Fabio Carvalho.
Klopp admits they would be “crazy” not to keep an interest in the highly rated 19-year-old, who is out of contract in the summer, as they continue to plan for the future.
While Klopp waits for that deal to play out, Diaz, 25, is a player who can make an immediate impact.
“Our strategy is to sign the right players at the right time. We recognize issues such as a position or contracts,” said the Liverpool manager.
“We have been together for a long time with this team, it is a fantastic team, one of the most successful in the history of this club, but we will never stop looking forward and that is exactly what we are doing.
“We’re Liverpool, so we can’t just work with talent and say, ‘Let’s take a look in two or three years and they’ll be ready.’ There must always be a confusion.
“We already have a lot of incredible talent, in the first team and around the first team and we are 100% sure that they will definitely be Liverpool players, but not now.
“That’s what we do: build a team for now and tomorrow. We are happy. This is how the club is doing it, long before I arrived and I’m absolutely used to it, but that’s the way it is”.
While Carvalho is seen as a player of the future, his performances for the Sky Bet Championship leaders, with seven goals and four assists in 18 league games, have caught the attention of a host of clubs.
“Obviously we’re still interested, it would be crazy if we weren’t, but at the moment it’s not in our hands,” Klopp added.
“It was late before the transfer window closed and it didn’t work out, but we’ll see what happens.”
Colombian international Diaz has yet to train with his new teammates as he has been in Paris awaiting a visa.
That will make it difficult for Klopp to include him directly in the squad for Sunday’s FA Cup visit to Cardiff and, like all his new signings, the manager has stressed that there has to be a degree of patience.
“Let me put it like this: If he now came here on the football pitch and immediately was at his best and playing better than everyone else, it would be really weird because we’ve worked together for a while,” he said. .
“It needs time, of course, for it to adapt, but that doesn’t mean I’m talking about four or five months.
“I haven’t even seen him yet, he’s not even at the training ground, so we should wait a bit.
“We are very excited about the signing, it is a very good sign that we are working on all fronts to improve this team.
“As it always is in football, we have to be successful now and in the future so that he can help with both and that’s a really good thing.”
However, Klopp will have 18-year-old Harvey Elliott back in the squad this weekend for the first time since he suffered a fractured and dislocated left ankle in September.
He said: “He is in a good place and now he is training with the whole team, but we have to see what is the right thing for him: is it right to start, is it right to go in?
“But he will definitely be in the squad for the Cardiff game and from there we go. Most things look completely natural.”
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.