Klopp dismisses talk of Lemar agreeing terms

LONDON • Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp may be a hungry man but he is not desperate for additions to his squad. The German dismissed rumours yesterday that the club are set to sign Monaco forward Thomas Lemar during this month's transfer window.

Before Klopp's press conference, British media reported that the 22-year-old Lemar - also a target for Arsenal - had already agreed terms with Liverpool.

When asked whether the Reds will have any more new signings, Klopp said: "Is it likely? No."

Instead of focusing on transfers, he is looking forward to a night-time kick-off when Liverpool host West Bromwich Albion today in a FA Cup fourth-round clash, simply because he will not be distracted by his growling tummy.

"Much better than 12pm, I'm hungry at 12pm," the 50-year-old said.

"To be honest, I like night games. Saturday is a night people don't go to bed early, I think it's a good time to play football.

"It's important we create a special atmosphere. It's a Cup game, the biggest difference in Germany is that there will be a winner after the game, in England it's slightly different.

"We really want to go through into the next round and to do this we need to perform."

Danny Ings may make an emotional return to the Liverpool first team, with the striker having a good chance to feature today.

The 25-year-old, who has been out with knee injuries, last started a match for the Reds more than two years ago - when he scored in the 1-1 Merseyside derby that turned out to be Brendan Rodgers' last game as manager of the club.

"He's in really good shape, but there's nothing to say at the moment about the line-up," Klopp added of Ings.

"He is doing really well, the fact that we don't send him on loan shows what our plans are with him.

"Since the injury it's been ups and downs. He's physically completely there now so it's a good situation for him and for us at the moment."

Klopp would also probably have an easy task today after West Brom manager Alan Pardew said that a couple of his players have fallen ill.

"We will go to Liverpool and try and cause them problems. We will be strong at Anfield but we have a little bit of a flu bug. Three or four didn't train," he said.

Liverpool travel to Huddersfield Town in the Premier League on Wednesday.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 27, 2018, with the headline 'Klopp dismisses talk of Lemar agreeing terms'. Print Edition | Subscribe