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Liverpool boss Klopp left baffled by Fabinho exit reports

Jurgen Klopp has no desire to cash in on one of his summer signings at Liverpool and expects the midfielder to continue his development at Anfield, according to reports.

Reports over the weekend claimed Liverpool could face a renewed fight to keep Fabinho at the club after reports in Italy claimed Juventus were considering a loan move for the Brazilian.

The England frontman is behind the likes of Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Daniel Sturridge in the pecking order at Anfield and has not featured on the Premier League bench at all this season.

The midfielder, who arrived on Merseyside for £43.7m at the end of May, has had to wait patiently for his chance in the Liverpool midfield and it was suggested Juve – along with AC Milan – were reportedly looking to take advantage of his apparent unease on Merseyside by striking a deal for the former Monaco man.

It is always nice when you come away and get minutes, especially for your country. Of course, everyone wants to play for their clubs and when you have been away, you have got to go back and fight.

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However, unlike last January when Liverpool sold Philippe Coutinho in a £142million deal to Barcelona and brought in Virgil Van Dijk for £75million, the Reds boss is expecting a quieter winter window this time around.

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And the Liverpool Echo writes that Klopp has been left baffled by reports that Fabinhos time at Anfield could be coming to a close after just five months, with the paper adding that Klopp is adamant his £43.7m investment is going nowhere.

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Furthermore, its claimed Klopp believes the midfielder can continue to bloom in the Premier League after a difficult start to life on Merseyside, saying the manager always knew that the Brazil international would need time to adjust to Liverpools style and the pace of English football.

Klopp alluded to that last month when he prepared to hand the midfielder what only his second start in the Liverpool red.

He wrote on Tuesday: “I asked him about it in the mixed-zone after Arsenal and he did what Sadio Mane does, he laughed and smiled and said he’s happy where he is and it’s in the hands of his agent. He’s enjoying his football and wants to do his best for the fans.

If you watch Fabinho playing at Monaco, [he was] full of confidence. You come to a new club and it depends a bit on your personality.

“It always used to be clubs would sit down to renegotiate when it got to the last two years. If we’re still in pre-season next year and it hasn’t been resolved, then it would be a genuine source of concern,” Pearce wrote.

Hes not the loudest person on the planet, its not that hes come in and said sit down all of you and Ill explain to you how we played at Monaco because we were in Champions League semi-final the year before and became French champions.

The Anfield faithful must be wondering what’s keeping Sadio Mane from doing so, and with no significant updates publicised in recent months, Liverpool Echo journalist James Pearce has offered some insight into the situation.

He is looking, watching and it always takes a little bit of time. Thats how it is. But on the pitch, he is back now and thats good. So, all fine.

The young striker, who scored a double for England’s U21s against Italy last week, said: “Jurgen is a great manager and he knows what he is doing, especially when he is bringing people through.

They believe that patience over Fabinho is slowly paying off and, like Naby Keita, Fabinho was bought for the long-term. Neither of the new boys have hit top form yet but Klopp is convinced their influence will grow over the coming weeks as Liverpool prepare for some crucial matches in the Champions League and Premier League.

The publication do add, however, that Klopp is still keen on Pulisic and would be at the ‘front of the queue’ to land him but any deal would likely have to wait until the summer.

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp seems to be eyeing the latest EFL talents, with a young Middlesbrough defender seemingly top of his shopping list in January. 

That has lead to speculation he could be set for a shock transfer away from Merseyside, with the funds from his sale being used towards Borussia Dortmunds Pulisic.

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Boro defender, Dael Fry, has hugely impressed this season for the promotion chasing side, and has made 11 appearances in total in this years campaign.

The La Liga giant are on the lookout for a long-term replacement for club legend Gerard Pique and have scouted De Ligt on several occasions this season.

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The centre-back has reportedly been linked with a move to Anfield as Jurgen Klopp looks to bolster his ranks in defence ahead of their title challenge this season.

In turn, it would perhaps have been an opportune and sensible decision to try and prise the Brazilian international away from Liverpool, but as per the report above, it would seem as though the Merseyside giants have no interest in entertaining the idea of giving up on their summer signing so soon after his arrival.

Fry is capped at under 21’s level for England and is considered as one of the brightest young English talents, and he would be keen to progress up the football ladder at such a young age.

The 25-year-old has made just eight appearances in all competitions so far this season, as he was forced to wait until October 20 for his Premier League debut with Jurgen Klopp seemingly eager to allow him to settle fully before making his bow.

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The 21-year-old could be tempted to join Liverpool with Jurgen Klopp already giving the likes of Joe Gomez a chance in the first-team this season.

However, there have been some question marks raised over his performances at times, although his display at home against Red Star Belgrade in particular showcased what he is capable of offering for the Reds in what was a dominant outing.

But if their interest on Fry cools, who should Jurgen Klopp be targeting from the Championship in January when the transfer window reopens?

With that in mind, Klopp has perhaps seen enough to suggest that Fabinho will make a positive mark at Liverpool, and Calciomercato note how he isn’t interested in selling his summer recruit and will continue to show faith in him.

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