Jurgen Klopp backs Liverpool owners to get transfer deals done as frustration over Naby Keita chase continues

A move for Southampton's Virgil van Dijk was scuppered by claims they tapped up the Dutch international while RB Leipzig continue to play hardball over Keita

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Jurgen Klopp is relaxed about the summer window despite seeing Liverpool struggle to secure a number of their priority transfer targets.

The Reds boss was hoping to get the majority of his business early as he bids to assemble a squad capable of challenging both in the Premier League and in Europe.

But despite securing the club record addition of Roma's Mohamed Salah and the free transfer of Dominic Solanke from Chelsea Klopp has been frustrated in his pursuit of other new faces.

A move for Southampton's Virgil van Dijk was scuppered by claims they tapped up the Dutch international while RB Leipzig continue to play hardball over Naby Keita.

But despite the early difficulties Klopp has backed his board to get deals over the line sooner rather than later.

“100%. What else could I say?," he said when asked if he had faith in his board to get deals over the line. "If they could make it quicker, you can imagine they would be here and trying. It’s not about money or something like this.

“Okay, I didn’t ask if I could buy Ronaldo or the other guys from Barcelona but I am absolutely fine with this.”

Klopp admits he would rather have had more new signings through the door as the club begin their pre-season tour of Asia but is choosing to remain calm.

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Liverpool have already begun their pre-season preparations (Getty)

“If I could decide alone, we would be complete from the last day of last season. (Clicks fingers). Done, shoot, there’s the new team,” he added. “Thank you very much and all the rest. But that is dreamland and I am used to doing all the things.

“I can imagine if you are not involved it is annoying for fans. They think: 'Oh my God! Nothing happens here! Everything happens there!' We cannot think like this. And in the meantime, we work together. We are working really hard, going out to Asia and all that stuff.

“We really feel good that we can keep the team together that played last season. What we do from now will help us to improve. I felt we already had a pretty good side last year, especially when everyone is fit and that gives me a good feeling.

“If I could decide alone, we would already have them because I like to have everyone here for the first day of training at the latest. But that is not possible any more and probably won’t be possible again in the world, especially in England. So why should I moan about it?”

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