Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will continue to target players from the Bundesliga during the upcoming transfer window, according to former Reds forward Kevin Keegan. Joel Matip will become the club's first new addition ahead of next season after signing a pre-contract agreement to move to Merseyside from Schalke, but further additions from Germany are expected.
Matip becomes the first player to arrive from the German top flight sine Klopp replaced Brendan Rodgers last October. Steven Caulker signed on loan from Queens Park Rangers while Mark Grujic will join from Red Star Belgrade in the summer, but Klopp has otherwise resisted raiding the Bundesliga, a title which he won while at Borrusia Dortmund in the 2013-14 campaign.
Klopp has refused to solely focus his efforts in the transfer window on players from Germany but having spent most of his managerial career in his homeland it is only natural to see him linked with individuals from his past. Keegan expects the Liverpool boss to look to the division again as he looks to make his own mark on the squad.
"I think Jurgen Klopp is the perfect fit for this club," Keegan said, according to the Liverpool Echo. "It will be very interesting to see who he signs this summer. He's already signed the boy from Schalke (Joel Matip) on a free and I'm sure he will go back to the Bundesliga again.
"What I like about him is that he wears his heart on his sleeve. He kicks and heads every ball, and that passion is one of the reasons fans love him so much. I hope he gets the club back to where it was."
Bayern Munich and Germany midfielder Mario Gotze has also been heavily linked with a move to Anfield, rumours which Klopp has refused to dismiss, though The Mirror revealed a £37m [$52.65] bid is being prepared. The Liverpool boss has however distanced himself from acquiring players only interested in playing in the Champions League, and claims he would cease negotiations with any player with such ambitions.
"Obviously, not 100%, but maybe 80% we are not in the Champions League next year so if I would speak to a player now and he says 'if you were playing in the Champions League next year I would be really interested'. I would put the phone down from my side," Klopp said according to The Daily Telegraph.
"I always tell players if when you are 35 or 36 and look back on your career and you think about the one year you didn't play Champions League then you are really a poor boy. There are so many things you can do and reach if you go together with the team. You can qualify for the Champions League, play Champions League, maybe win it or whatever. It is a much more satisfying thing than all the rest. That is what I would say.
"It is pushing the train, not jumping on the running train. That is what we need here. If somebody says 'you don't play Champions League next year' then goodbye and thank you, have fun next year wherever you will be. We will find players or we have players already that will go our way. That is not my way, that is the normal way for a club not playing in the Champions League."