Liverpool’s activity on deadline day suggests that Jurgen Klopp has devised a transfer strategy.

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Liverpool’s activity on deadline day suggests that Jurgen Klopp has devised a transfer strategy.

Liverpool has signed two unexpected players to new contracts, which could indicate a new Jurgen Klopp approach.

Liverpool just signed Ibrahima Konate in the summer transfer window, and their late-season activity could indicate what manager Jurgen Klopp’s long-term plans are.

Konate was the sole important addition for the Reds this summer, as vital midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum and small winger Xherdan Shaqiri both left for PSG and Lyon, respectively.

It was perhaps expected that the club would at least find a center-back replacement for Dutch international Wijnaldum.

However, with Fabinho, Thiago, James Milner, Naby Keita, Jordan Henderson, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and Curtis Jones all in the mix for a midfield spot, as well as the rise of Harvey Elliott, Klopp clearly believes he has ample backup.

In fact, it appeared that awarding new contracts to his present stars was more important to Klopp than bringing in new players.

Elliott, Fabinho, and Henderson, as well as Alisson, Virgil van Dijk, Andrew Robertson, and Trent Alexander-Arnold, all signed new contracts at Anfield in a bid to keep the nucleus of their most successful group since the late 1980s.

However, Nathaniel Phillips and Rhys Williams received two additional surprise contracts, which may have startled supporters.

Despite some outstanding performances for the club during their injury crisis, Phillips had been linked with a move away from Anfield following the return to activity of international superstars Joe Gomez, Virgil van Dijk, and Joel Matip.

Burnley, Brighton, and Southampton have all been linked with the Bolton-born defender, who made 21 appearances for Klopp’s side last season.

Liverpool fans were stunned to learn of a new four-year contract for the 24-year-old defender after no bids were submitted – not because of his indisputably superb talent, but because the defender appeared to be on his way out before the club’s U-turn yesterday.

The same can be said for Williams, who signed a new five-year contract at Anfield before being loaned out to Swansea City in the Championship, which could indicate Klopp’s long-term aspirations.

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