John Barnes makes prediction about Liverpool’s January transfer plans
John Barnes looks ahead to the January transfer window and what it could mean for Liverpool
John Barnes has insisted that he fully trusts Jurgen Klopp to bring in the right players for Liverpool in the January transfer window.
The Reds have made a strong start to the Premier League season under the German coach and are in contention to win the title this season.
There is bound to be plenty of speculation in the coming days about who Liverpool could potentially sign next month to bolster their squad to support a title challenge.
Liverpool were one of the most active clubs in the summer transfer window as Klopp moved to bring in the likes of Loris Karius, Sadio Mane and Ragnar Klavan.
It remains to be seen whether Liverpool will recruit any players in the new year, but former England star Barnes says he fully backs Klopp to make the right decisions in the transfer window.
Asked if there are any particular players he would like Liverpool to sign next month, Barnes told The Sport Review in an exclusive interview: “Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi…! That’s the thing, you can’t get players who are not available and I don’t know who’s available.
“I’ve mentioned two players there who we’re not going to get!
“Jurgen Klopp will know the player he wants and that’s the most important thing. Regardless of what we think, he knows the type of player he can bring in to implement the strategy that will suit those players.
“I trust Klopp enough that if he comes up with a player [to sign in January] we’ve never heard of I will be fully supportive of it because he knows the players that he needs.
“I think fans in the past would get disappointed if we signed players they hadn’t heard of, but I think it’s different now.
“If he goes and gets a player from a German second division team, we would have faith in him because we understand that he knows what he wants from that player. It doesn’t matter if other clubs want him or not.”
Liverpool finished eighth in the Premier League and without a trophy last season, despite reaching the League Cup and Europa League finals.