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Liverpool morning headlines as Ajax weakness identified and Klopp defends transfer policy

Here are your Liverpool morning headlines for Wednesday, 21 October.

Klopp not interested in transfer talk

Liverpool are in Amsterdam to get their Champions League campaign for 2020/21 under way with a match against Ajax.

But rather than discuss the game in the press conference with Jurgen Klopp, journalists were intent on asking about the club’s transfer plans in the event of Virgil van Dijk’s serious injury.

The Liverpool manager was not happy at having to discuss such matters, as was made clear when he said: “Is anyone interested in this game tomorrow? Or do we talk about this all night?”

Klopp also hit back at Jamie Carragher’s claim that the Reds needed to do urgent transfer business, and you can see what else he had to say on the matter here.

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Wijnaldum blasts Pickford

Liverpool midfielder Gini Wijnaldum was also speaking to the press in Amsterdam yesterday, and as with Klopp some of the questions he was asked focused on Van Dijk.

It’s understandable, of course. A Dutch player in the Netherlands talking about his recently injured international team-mate is to be expected.

And Wijnaldum didn’t hold back, hitting out at Jordan Pickford’s horrendous challenge, which he described as “completely stupid”.

It also sounded like Wijnaldum was not surprised that it occurred in the Merseyside derby either.

“I think we had it a lot with the games against Everton. In my opinion, they take it way too far in the games we play against them,” he said.

His full comments on the Van Dijk issue and the derby can be read here.

Klopp’s frustration with officials is clear

Klopp was in a spiky mood throughout his press conference on Tuesday. While the injury to Van Dijk has understandably hogged the headlines, Thiago Alcantara also suffered an ugly challenge from Richarlison, which led to the Brazilian being sent off.

After pointing out that his side are always at the top of the fair play table – which isn’t easy to maintain while leading the league table – Klopp also commented on the officials’ actions with regards to the Van Dijk incident.

“First, the ref doesn’t see it, so it is Michael Oliver who doesn’t see it and he is an excellent referee usually, but why he couldn’t see it I don’t understand as he had the best view. And the VAR forgets the rules!”

The Liverpool manager’s full comments are definitely worth a read.

Info on Ajax from Behind Enemy Lines

Any Liverpool fans looking for a bit of advance information on Ajax ahead of tonight’s match should definitely listen to the Behind Enemy Lines podcast.

Michael Statham, from Football Oranje, was on the show and explained how the Dutch side’s defenders may struggle to cope with the speed of Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.

“It will be interesting to see how they get on against the centre-backs,” he said. “Perr Schuurs is a man in the mould of Matthijs de Ligt in his defensive style, but isn’t the quickest. And he will be next to Daley Blind and he isn’t the paciest either.”

Further highlights from the podcast are available to read here.

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