Jürgen Klopp has called on football governing bodies, FIFA and UEFA to act over the length of transfer window in Saudi Arabia.
The transfer window for the top-five leagues in Europe closes on September 1st, while the the SPL can still sign players until Sept. 20, and Klopp believes that the discrepancy in length is not good for European football.
Three players have already left Anfield to the Saudi Pro League this summer — Roberto Firmino, Jordan Henderson, and Fabinho..
In a news conference on Tuesday, when Klopp was asked about the Saudi influence, he described it as ‘massive at this moment’.
“Pretty much the worst thing I think is that the transfer window in Saudi Arabia is open three weeks longer,” the Liverpool manager said. While adding that the discrepancy in transfer window length is not good for Europe.
“UEFA or FIFA must find solutions for that,” Klopp added. “But in the end, at this moment, I don’t know exactly what will happen.”
Players have been leaving Europe to play for clubs in the Middle Eastern region. In 2022 alone, Cristiano Ronaldo left Manchester United to sign for the Saudi Pro League. And in this summer, the likes of Karim Benzema, Riyad Mahrez, Édouard Mendy, Kalidou Koulibaly, and N’Golo Kante have all moved to the Middle East.