Reds manager Jurgen Klopp has stated that no other teams were looking to sign either Andy Robertson or Joel Matip before Liverpool signed the pair.

Robertson signed for Liverpool from Hull City for a fee of £8 million in the summer of 2017. At the time, he was an unknown quantity, but now, he is arguably the best left-back in the world.

Matip, who was also an unknown quantity, signed for the Reds on a free transfer from Schalke in the summer of 2016. He has also turned into a serious defender under Klopp. When fit, there is no denying he is in Liverpool’s best XI.

However, Klopp has revealed that nobody wanted either Robertson or Matip before Liverpool secured their services.

Klopp told beIN Sports: “(Andy) Robertson was sensational attacking but nobody wanted him because defending was not good.

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – JANUARY 02: Andy Robertson of Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool acknowledge the fans after the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Sheffield United at Anfield on January 02, 2020 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

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“Now you see him now, you can learn defending. Joel Matip on a free transfer, nobody wanted him really. But you need to make good decisions because the other teams don’t sleep.”

Both Robertson and Matip were unknown before signing for Liverpool, but now, they are apart of the best team in the world.

They both played a pivotal part in Liverpool claiming the Champions League last season, and with that being the case, it is difficult to imagine what this team would look like without them.

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