Klopp warns Saudi’s late transfer window close could see last minute raids on European clubs

August 2 – Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp has urged FIFA to look into Saudi Arabia’s transfer window closing three weeks after Europe’s, fearing major European leagues will lose more players without being able to replace them.

A swathe of big names continue to flood into Saudi football and Klopp says it is “not helpful” that the Premier League’s transfer window closes on September 1, the deadline for most of Europe’s top leagues, whereas  Saudi Pro League clubs can sign players until September 20.

Liverpool have already seen three of their key players move to Saudi clubs – Jordan Henderson, Fabinho and Roberto Firmino.

“The influence of Saudi Arabia is massive at the moment,” Klopp told reporters ahead of their pre-season friendly against Bayern Munich in Singapore.

“Pretty much the worst thing I think is that the transfer window in Saudi Arabia is open three weeks longer. If I am right, I heard something like that, then at least in Europe that’s not helpful.

“UEFA or FIFA must find solutions for that. But in the end, at this moment, I don’t know exactly what will happen.”

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