Jurgen Klopp has hinted that he would have wanted to sign Romelu Lukaku for Liverpool if his side stood a chance of landing the striker ahead of Manchester United. The Belgium international, who moved from Everton in a £75 million deal this summer, has made a superb start to his career at Old Trafford with nine goals in eight games.

Liverpool, meanwhile, bolstered their striking options with the signing of Dominic Solanke from Chelsea, although the 20-year-old has played only 54 minutes in the Premier League so far this season. Klopp has defended his decision to not sign an established No.9 but admits his title rivals have recruited well in the same position. ‘We have Daniel Sturridge. We all know about his potential. Now he’s fit, so hopefully we can use it,’ said the Liverpool boss.

‘And we have Dom Solanke for sure the biggest English talent in the number nine position. That’s a fantastic situation. ‘Because [Alvaro] Morata is now really working and is a perfect fit, because Lukaku is the perfect fit for Manchester United, because Harry Kane is now scoring [for Tottenham], because [Alexandre] Lacazette is doing well… we had other things we felt we needed to do first

‘For us, the market was not really there. We had no chance for [Romelu] Lukaku. That would have been an interesting move. ‘You cannot buy just because you think you will not score enough. We have enough chances and we will score.’


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