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Liverpool boss Klopp: Schmadtke contract talks not up to me

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp insists he's uninvolved in Jorg Schmadtke's contract talks.

The sporting director's deal is due to expire at the end of the season.

Klopp said on Friday: "There is nothing really to say about that from me. There must be other people in the club who talk about that.

"My relationship with him is good, my relationship was top with the other two guys (Michael Edwards and Julian Ward) as well, going back to Ian Ayre as well So my relationship is good with these guys.

"I have no doubt. So many people work in and around that department, they are always here. A sporting director like Jorg helped a lot in the last window, definitely but you are right, at the moment it looks like it will be a quiet window, I can guarantee that but at the moment it is all fine.

"We will announce something if there is something to announce. I am pretty sure that everybody thinks that [appointing] Jorg Schmadtke was my decision but it's not that I have a list of sporting directors and the first five or six are from Germany and then [numbers] seven and eight are from Switzerland or whatever and then we go and find the English guy. Absolutely not.

"I think it's important that the right people are in but I don't have time to find the right people, if someone else tells me these are the right people then I can easily work with them."

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