Respected journalist Tony Barrett has reported that Jurgen Klopp was interested in four current Liverpool players while in charge of Borussia Dortmund.
Barrett, who recently quit The Times, now writes for Joe.co.uk and has claimed that Klopp was previously monitoring four of the players that he inherited from Brendan Rodgers.
The German took over the reigns almost a year ago when he replaced the sacked Northern Irishman in early October of last year and it appears he was already very familiar with a quartet of the squad.
“An element of Liverpool’s transfer activity that has been largely overlooked was how content Klopp was with a number of players who were already at his disposal.” Barrett reported.
“That came across in his earliest meetings with Liverpool’s hierarchy when he openly admitted to having taken a previous interest in the likes of Divock Origi, Emre Can, Adam Lallana and Roberto Firmino.” he added.
German international Can has also revealed that Klopp revealed that he was tracking Joel Matip while the Cameroon international was at Schalke – who are Dortmund’s fierce rivals.
He eventually got the centre-back in his squad after completing a free transfer earlier this year that saw Matip move to Anfield in the Summer.