The transfer madness in the Premier League reaches new spheres before the start of the season. Jürgen Klopp prefers continuity – and extended the contract of key player Virgil van Dijk on a long-term basis.
The transfer madness before the season opener of the Premier League also went to Jürgen Klopp: “Imagine you had to buy someone at that point,” commented the team manager of Liverpool FC on the long-term contract extension of key player Virgil van Dijk and commented: ” Thank god we just had to give him a new contract. “
The new contract of the Dutchman, who celebrated his comeback in preparation after a 285-day injury break, was “great news”, emphasized Klopp before the match at newly promoted Norwich City with German coach Daniel Farke on Saturday. The championship season began two years ago on Carrow Road. So good omen?
“We don’t want to hide our ambitions,” said the 54-year-old Klopp and skilfully avoided the question of the title favorite. Klopp is aware, however, that it will be “a great fight”.
There are not only the top four, but other clubs that can attack above. “Let’s wait for the start,” said Klopp, who also admitted that defending champions Manchester City were already favored.
ManCity shopping frenzy: will Kane follow Grealish?
Team manager Pep Guardiola’s team had won the championship by twelve points over city rivals United last season with 15 wins in a row. Last week, the Skyblues also flipped the league-internal record sum of 117.5 million euros for ball artist Jack Grealish from Aston Villa.
The lavish offensive of the Citizens gained even more quality thanks to the English international. Possibly to the chagrin of Ilkay Gündogan.
There seems to be no more space in the starting line-up for the Gelsenkirchen player who was last used on eight. Super talent and Guardiola darling Phil Foden, director Rodrigo and playmaker Kevin De Bruyne should be in midfield.
Especially since Guardiola is already working on the next record transfer. The English international striker Harry Kane from the opening opponent Tottenham Hotspur is said to be lured to east Manchester for a rumored 150 million. The 28-year-old meanwhile insists on the release of his employer, but the Spurs remained tough until the end. A training boycott by the attacker was also unsuccessful.
Manchester United: Sancho and Varane cause euphoria
Meanwhile, unexpected euphoria sparked in the red part of the city. Manchester United remedied years of weakness with the transfers of Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund and the French world champion Raphael Varane.
The costly newcomers fueled the great ambitions of the successful record champion, who has not yet won a trophy under team manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Chelsea FC with the German team manager Thomas Tuchel and the national team trio with Antonio Rüdiger, Timo Werner and Kai Havertz underlined their title ambitions with the spectacular return action of striker Romelu Lukaku. The Belgian was worth 115 million euros for the blues.
After the triumph in the premier class and the recently won UEFA Supercup, the Londoners are among the title contenders. Despite the recent successes, Rüdiger believes in “a brutally difficult season. As the reigning Champions League winner, we naturally want to be at the top of the league until the end,” said the central defender, who blossomed under Tuchel, to the SID.