Jurgen Klopp faces Liverpool transfer dilemma over Gini Wijnaldum and Sadio Mane

Liverpool have not done much business in the transfer market this summer – but I would imagine Jurgen Klopp would slam the window shut now if he could.

Barcelona have got their noses pressed up against the Anfield glass once again.

And the reports from Spain that new Barca boss Ronald Koeman wants to sign Sadio Mane and Gini Wijnaldum will send a cold shiver down the spine of every Liverpool supporter.

Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho have found it impossible to resist the lure of the Nou Camp in recent years.

And even while the Catalan club have been in crisis, the name FC Barcelona always carries huge kudos.

Liverpool are one of the biggest clubs in world football.

But Mane is from Senegal. When he was growing up in the town of Sedhiou, I wouldn’t be surprised if he dreamt about wearing the famous claret and blue shirt.

When Wijnaldum was playing football on the streets of Rotterdam he no doubt recreated the Koeman free-kick at Wembley that won the Champions League for Barcelona in 1992.

Both players have also worked under the Dutchman.

Mane for club, Wijnaldum for country.

At this moment, any move away from Liverpool can be regarded as a step down.

And the only thing I can see undermining Klopp’s team would be if a couple of key players had their heads turned.

Of course, Liverpool are a different beast than they were when Suarez and Coutinho departed.

Klopp used the £144million fee the club banked for Philippe to build a team that is officially the best in the world.

Other clubs may have better individuals, but Liverpool’s strength is the bond he has forged between his players.

Jurgen won’t want that team spirit undermined in any way. We all remember the way Suarez sulked when he was denied a move first to Arsenal and then to Barcelona.

Luis got his way in the end – and he will have no regrets even though his time in La Liga now seems to be coming to an ignominious end.

I look around the Anfield dressing room now and, if I’m honest, I don’t see any players who would down tools.

But you will be amazed how much these things can upset the equilibrium of the team.

It’s human nature. A player’s attitude only has to drop by a fraction and it makes a huge difference.

Other players can spot it a mile away.

It might be not going in for a tackle because somewhere at the back of your mind lurks the fear that you might get injured.

Or it might be that you don’t run that extra yard or make the effort to close down an opponent.

Little things – big consequences.

That isn’t a criticism. Most of the time it is subconscious.

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Klopp will be aware of that as well.

He’ll be hoping Barcelona stay away from his players leading up to the transfer window closing on October 5.

Klopp obviously feels that the squad which has won the Premier League, Champions League and FIFA Club World Cup over the past two seasons doesn’t need to be strengthened.

Once again his wheeling and dealing has left Liverpool in the red, with full-back Konstantinos Tsimikas coming in and Dejan Lovren leaving for a few extra million.

October 5 can’t come quick enough for Liverpool.

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