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Published: 15:23 | 1/3/16

Klopp looking to next season


There may be 12 games remaining of the current Premier League campaign, but Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is already planning for next season.

Klopp succeeded Brendan Rodgers at Anfield in October and narrowly missed out on clinching his first bit of silverware on Sunday when Liverpool lost on penalties to Manchester City in the Capital One Cup final at Wembley.

Marko Grujic and Joel Matip have already agreed deals to move to Anfield in the summer but Klopp is expected to be busy in the transfer market amid reports that he will overhaul the squad.

The German is expected to have a big transfer fund at his disposal and he admits he is already working on his plans for next season.

"We will plan for next season, that is clear. We have to wait for the right moment and we have to think about a lot of things," he said.

"I cannot say we are close to this decision or that decision but we work the whole day and it is not only preparing for games. We have to plan the future and that is what we are doing."

While he is already looking to next season, Klopp's immediate focus is on Wednesday' Premier League game against Manchester City.

The Reds will be hoping to exact revenge on Manuel Pellegrini's side but Lucas Leiva and Mamadou Sakho are both doubtful for the game as a result of injuries they picked up at Wembley.

"It doesn't look too good with Lucas. He had problems with the muscle when he shot the penalty and he has got some more problems so I think he is not available," said Klopp.

"With Mama I don't know exactly; we had to make a decision in the moment at the sideline and I think it was the right decision.

"I've not heard anything until now about any real issue but I have to wait for the final judgement of the doctor.

"We don't want to go risking (anything) tomorrow."

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