Transfer grades: Rating every major signing from Europe

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  • “I don’t care when it closes, but it must close at the same time,” the Liverpool boss said of the transfer window at a news conference on Friday.

    “That was the idea in the first place. They spoke about finishing it before the season starts — good idea — but then only England did it. That makes no sense.

    “Can somebody explain what is the benefit for the Premier League? We don’t really have a problem, but for other teams, their key players are still on the market and everything can happen.

    “You want a team together and focused on the future, but that cannot happen when there is a door open. I don’t understand why this decision is not already reviewed at least. It was a good idea but it didn’t work out.”

    Klopp’s sentiments echo that of Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino, who said Spurs are “vulnerable” to losing star talent to European powerhouses.

    The north Londoners have a batch of players in the final year of their contracts — notably Christian Eriksen who is of interest to Real Madrid — and the Argentine hopes there will be uniformity again.

    “For me, it’s not common sense and we need to go back quick,” Pochettino said on Sunday.

    “I hope they have a good conversation at the Premier League and go back quickly.”

    Tottenham were also one of the clubs who voted in favour of the earlier close of the window two years ago, with one abstention, while Manchester City, Manchester United, Crystal Palace, Watford and Swansea City were opposed to the change.