Jurgen Klopp said his ‘hands were tied’ as he kept tight-lipped about the pending transfer of Thiago Alcantara but insisted his arrival would not have a ‘negative impact’ on Georginio Wijnaldum’s future.
Wijnaldum looked set to be a casualty of Thiago’s arrival, with the Dutch international linked with a move to Barcelona.
However, Klopp was adamant that no one will be forced out of the club by the signing of the two-time Champions League winner.
Asked directly on the impact Thiago’s arrival will have on Wijnaldum’s future, Klopp replied: ‘If it happens then I can say it will have no impact on anyone’s future in a negative way. It doesn’t mean that someone needs to leave.’
Klopp refused to confirm that the deal was done, but admitted it ‘looks quite promising’.
‘There’s nothing really to say because I have learned it isn’t official until it’s announced,’ he added.
‘I’m not an announcer so I don’t know what I can say. But it looks quite promising!
‘Most of the things I will say if it happens will be obvious. It’s tricky now for me!’