One year after agreeing a complex deal with RB Leipzig for the midfielder, one that eventually rose to £52.75mn, Liverpool are discovering why the 23-year-old's father called his son Deco when they played football on the streets of Conakry, the capital of Guinea.
Jurgen Klopp has defended Liverpool's transfer spending after signing goalkeeper Alisson for a world-record £67m.
Following this, Klopp was reminded at a news conference of his past criticism of United.
"That's a problem, whatever b******t you say, no one will forget it", Klopp told reporters on Saturday.
"On the other side, it is still kind of true". I couldn't have imagined the world could have changed. I don't know how many players West Ham had at the World Cup but they are signing player after player and they will be a new team for sure. There will be some nice transfers to follow.
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"First and foremost my responsibility is to make this club as successful as possible". We had nine months together at Salzburg and built up a good rapport. To improve it is expensive.
"We had good conversations". What we are working on is the depth of the squad because you need it. "When we are convinced about it our owners, thank God, believe that much in the project, then they say let's do it". "I watched the games, I lead the sessions and then I make a decision at a specific point but that's not today and it's not next week so we still have time", Klopp was quoted by Echo. While talking to the BBC, Klopp openly admitted that he was wrong before, "It is only an opinion in that moment".
"I'm still to see Shaqiri but everyone knows him well for his stats and his Premier League record, and how well he performs".
OL president Jean Michel Aulas said last week: "He's one of the best in France - and in the world, since he's a world champion. So I sent him on holiday again". "I'm fine with him, 100 percent".
Asked about whether Dortmund's Christian Pulisic was a player on his radar, Klopp, who managed the Bundesliga side for seven years, admitted he is a fan of the USA global.
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Liverpool struggled to rotate key players last season when injuries hit key men such as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and the now departed Emre Can.
"He has a contract at Dortmund, no?"
"When I saw him at Melwood, he looked fit", said Klopp.
"I am a team player". We have the players we wanted. That was really good.
He knows critics will be lining up should Liverpool wobble at any stage and it is how they deal with the hard moments that will determine what they can achieve.
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Liverpool may have failed to land a trophy last season but their progress was evident. It's very important at that age group that there's no rush because he still has 14 or 15 years to play in his career.
However, the Bundesliga giants levelled things up through a Christian Pulisic penalty before the American global made it 2-1 in the 89th minute. For this, there's still space for development.
"I think every game is a chance to impress the manager, especially against top teams like [Borussia] Dortmund, [Manchester] United and [Manchester] City".
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