As news broke that Fenway Sports Group were considering changing manager should the right option become available, one of the principal names linked with the position was Borussia Dortmund’s manager Jurgen Klopp. Klopp has led his side to 14 wins out of 17 in the Bundesliga this season, opening up a 10 point lead at the top of the table and earning the admiration of Europe’s elite into the bargain.
Dortmund’s hierarchy are dismissive of the rumours. There is simply no way they would consider letting an asset like Klopp leave halfway through the season. “There has been no official approach because everybody knows it would be a waste of time,” Hans-Joachim Watzche, Dortmund’s chief executive dismissed in The Guardian. “Jurgen is a friend of mine and he has a contract until 2014. He would never break it.”
Hodgson wants signings.
Roy Hodgson has urged Fenway Sports Group to give him money to spend in the January transfer window, allowing him to construct a squad in his own image rather than judging his performance with a squad left by Rafa Benitez, the Daily Telegraph reports.
“It is not often mentioned, but I have not been that active in the transfer market since I have been here,” Hodgson protested. “The players who are playing are the ones you have watched playing for the last few years.” Whether his pleas are acknowledged is another matter entirely. Damien Comolli was recruited in October as sporting director and is thought to be responsible for overall recruitment irrespective of who is manager.
Reds in for Elia.
Liverpool continue to look for a strike partner to alleviate some of the pressure on Fernando Torres’ shoulders. Whilst Fenway Sports Group are thought to be reluctant to spend during the transfer window, they will open the chequebook should the right player be made available for the right price. According to reports in the Daily Telegraph, HSV Hamburg’s Eljero Elia is the latest name linked with the Merseysiders to solve their goalscoring problems.
The only sticking point is Manchester City’s proposed move for Wolfsburg’s Edin Dzeko. SHoud they receive £30 million for the Bosnian forward, they would be inclined to spend some of that on Elia, jeopardising Liverpool’s attempts to bring him to English football.