Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp would shut this summer’s transfer window now if he could in a bid to keep hold of some of his players.

That is the view of former Reds striker Robbie Fowler, who says the German is worried about transfer interest from Barcelona.

New Barca boss Ronald Koeman is keen to sign Gini Wijnaldum, while Sadio Mane is also being linked with a move to the Nou Camp.

Liverpool have previously sold Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho to the Catalan giants and Fowler thinks Klopp is weary that something similar could happen.

He wrote in his Mirror column: “Liverpool have not done much business in the transfer market this summer – but I would imagine Jurgen Klopp would slam the window shut now if he could.

“Barcelona have got their noses pressed up against the Anfield glass once again.

“And the reports from Spain that new Barca boss Ronald Koeman wants to sign Sadio Mane and Gini Wijnaldum will send a cold shiver down the spine of every Liverpool supporter.

Sadio Mane has been linked with Barcelona
Sadio Mane has been linked with Barcelona

“Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho have found it impossible to resist the lure of the Nou Camp in recent years.

“And even while the Catalan club currently seem to be lurching from one crisis to the next, the name FC Barcelona always carries huge kudos.

“Liverpool are one of the biggest clubs in world football. But Mane is from Senegal. When he was growing up in the town of Sedhiou he probably dreamed of wearing that famous claret and blue shirt.

Barca are also keen on Gini Wijnaldum
Barca are also keen on Gini Wijnaldum

“When Wijnaldum was playing football on the streets of Rotterdam he no doubt recreated the Koeman free-kick at Wembley that won the Champions League for Barcelona in 1992.

“Both players have also worked under the Dutchman. Mane for club, Wijnaldum for country.”

Liverpool have only signed left-back Kostas Tsimikas this summer and are still looking into Bayern Munich’s wantaway midfielder Thiago Alcantara.

Jurgen Klopp wants the transfer window to close, says Robbie Fowler
Jurgen Klopp wants the transfer window to close, says Robbie Fowler

Like many other clubs, the Reds are having to deal with the financial repercussions of the coronavirus pandemic, and as a result their spending has been minimal.

And Fowler thinks Klopp will now just be waiting for the transfer window to close on October 5 so that he can concentrate on the season in hand.

He added: “Klopp will be hoping Barcelona find other things to worry about in the weeks leading up to the transfer window closing on October 5.

“Like the future of Lionel Messi and why the Spanish Police were knocking on the door of club president Josep Maria Bartomeu on Thursday night.

“Klopp obviously feels that the squad which has won the Premier League, Champions League and FIFA Club World Cup over the past two seasons doesn't need to be strengthened.

“Once again his wheeling and dealing has left Liverpool in the red, with full-back Konstantinos Tsimikas coming in and Dejan Lovren for a few extra million.”