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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is unhappy that the transfer window in Saudi Arabia closes so late.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes it is “not helpful” given the transfer market in Saudi Arabia is open nearly three weeks longer than in Europe.

The European top leagues’ transfer deadline is September 1, whereas Saudi Arabia’s is September 20.

It implies that clubs in the Middle East can still add to their high-profile acquisitions this summer, whilst European clubs cannot.

“It is massive right now,” Klopp remarked of Saudi Arabia’s influence.

“The worst thing, in my opinion, is that the transfer window in Saudi Arabia is open three weeks longer.”

“If I’m correct, I heard something like that, then that’s not helpful, at least in Europe.”

“Uefa or Fifa must find a solution.” But, in the end, I’m not sure what will happen right now.”

Liverpool have already lost players to Saudi Arabia, with Jordan Henderson and Fabinho joining Al-Ettifaq and Al-Ittihad, respectively.

They are among an increasing number of players who have relocated to the country, with Brazil forward Roberto Firmino joining Al-Ahli after his contract with Liverpool expired in the summer.

Al-Ahli has also acquired Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy and Manchester City winger Riyad Mahrez.

Meanwhile, Al-Ittihad have signed famous Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema, former Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante, and Portuguese forward Jota from Celtic.

Al-Hilal purchased Portugal midfielder Ruben Neves from Wolves and Senegal defender Kalidou Koulibaly from Chelsea after making a world-record £259 million deal for Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe.

Pep Guardiola, the manager of Manchester City, has stated that the Saudi Pro League’s financial might has “changed the market” for transfers and that elite teams “need to be aware of what is happening.”


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