With the imminent transfer of Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United set to be announced, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has aimed a slight dig at Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger for selling a player to a rival Premier League club during the season, something he claims he will never do.
Sanchez is headed for United with Henrikh Mkhitaryan going the other way in a transfer expected to be a huge boost to Jose Mourinho’s side who are second in the table.
However, Klopp said there was no chance he would let a star leave for a rival English club during a campaign.
“No Liverpool player of this squad would leave – and not just because we say it but because of their commitment to the club,” he told UK newspapers.
“No-one would leave to any other Premier League club during the season.
“I’m not just confident of that – I know it. It is just impossible. No player who is here will say, ‘OK, come on, in the middle of the season I go there or there.’ I really cannot see that situation.”
While Klopp said he still had a developing squad, the German believes Liverpool are heading in the right direction.
“It’s how I see the commitment of the players. We are not together for 10 years or so,” he said.
“It’s not just starting but it’s still all fresh and the direction and the development is the right direction.
“I know it’s far away from being perfect but it’s on a good way.”
Liverpool currently sit in fourth place with 47 points but have a game in hand at Swansea on Monday night.