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anfield update Liverpool linked with Rennes forward as Jurgen Klopp dilutes transfer hopes


Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. Peter Byrne/PA Wire.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. Peter Byrne/PA Wire.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. Peter Byrne/PA Wire.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has hinted he might not make any more moves in this transfer window, unless players leave before the end of this month.

Since signing centre back Ibrahima Konate at the start of the summer, Liverpool have not shown a willingness to join the rush to sign new players.

In a summer that has seen Manchester City spend £100million to sign Jack Grealish, Manchester United have spent more than that to capture Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane and Chelsea will land striker Romelu Lukaku, Liverpool's lack of transfer activity has sparked concern among the club's fans.

Liverpool's priority this summer has been renewing contracts with current star names and they have tied keeper Alisson Becker, defender Trent Alexander-Arnold and midfielder Fabinho to new deals.

The Sunday World revealed last weekend that Liverpool are now preparing to offer Virgil van Dijk and Mohamed Salah contract extensions that will include a pay rise, yet the club's supporters have been hoping to see new faces added to Klopp's squad.

The lack of transfer activity has led to some criticism of the club's owners, who have tended to follow a policy of making moves in the transfer market once they have recouped the cash from player sales.

With Liverpool struggling to off-load fringe players Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri, Klopp appears to be keen to dampen down expectations of new arrivals.

"The transfer market has been interesting," said Klopp in an interview with TV2. "We have tried to extend contracts with key players in the club, something we are still going to try.

"Some clubs have a different approach, which is seen from the outside, perhaps more exciting, but extending contracts with good players is a challenge in itself in today’s football."

Shaqiri's exit could fund a Liverpool transfer move, with Lyon believed to be close to agreeing a deal for the Swiss winger and Liverpool hoping for recoup at least €10million from his sale.

Meanwhile, Liverpool have been linked with a move for Rennes forward Jeremy Doku, with the Sports Illustrated backed LFC Transfer Room reporting from their sources that the Belgian teenager is of interest to Liverpool.

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There have been suggestions in France that he could sign for Liverpool and be loaned back to Rennes for the rest of this season.

Yet unless Liverpool succeed in selling players, it seems that Klopp is preparing to head into the season with his current squad.

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