Jurgen Klopp Refuses to Let First-Team Players Leave

Jurgen Klopp Refuses to Let First-Team Players Leave

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has been busy during the January transfer window as the club have signed two players, while also deciding to send two others out on loan.

On January 1 the Reds announced the arrival of Japan attacker Takumi Minamino from Red Bull Salzburg and he was followed by the signing of 21-year-old striker Joe Hardy from Brentford.

The first player to leave Anfield was 19-year-old striker Rhian Brewster, who has been sent out on loan to Championship side Swansea City.

And he was followed by defender Nathaniel Phillips, who has returned to Stuttgart on loan for the remainder of the season.

Klopp has seen some interest in some of his squad players this window, with clubs enquiring about the availability of winger Xherdan Shaqiri and defender Dejan Lovren.

However, the Mirror is reporting that Klopp has expressed a strong desire to keep his first-team squad together until the end of the season.

Shaqiri, who is under contract until 2023, has scored just one goal from his 10 appearances in all competitions having picked up a couple of injuries this season.

Italian side Roma are reportedly interested in the 28-year-old, who they see as ideal cover for their injured youngster Nicolo Zaniolo.

But the Reds have rebuffed Roma's interest in Shaqiri.

As for Lovren, AC Milan and Roma wanted the 30-year-old, who has two years left on his contract, but Klopp insisted the player should stay at Anfield.

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Liverpool host Manchester United this weekend with injuries being a big issue for both sides.

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