Jurgen Klopp finally responds to Gareth Bale transfer links to Liverpool

Jurgen Klopp has quashed speculation Liverpool could offer Gareth Bale an escape route from Real Madrid this summer.

Despite winning four Champions League titles at Real Madrid, Wales international Bale has been unable to win over returning manager Zinedine Zidane.

The legendary Frenchman admitted on Sunday that he wanted Bale sold and Paul Ince subsequently suggested the 30-year-old could move to Liverpool.

But Klopp, speaking to Sky Sports, said: ‘I don’t know why these fantastic footballers have so strange ideas.

‘What can I say, I respect them all so much, especially as a player and a guy. They only say these things because people ask them about it.

‘Bale is a Real Madrid player, if he leaves he will be outstandingly expensive, with big wages. We cannot solve the problems of other clubs.

‘He’s an outstanding player, I like him a lot. He won the Champions League final [in 2018 against Liverpool] pretty much alone when he came off the bench.

‘But it’s not just about him. You have to create a team. A team is not a collection of individuals, we are not going for these single players and hoping they will solve the future for us.’

Bale, who joined Real Madrid from Tottenham in 2013, fell out of favour at the Bernabeu during Zidane’s first spell as manager.

Explaining why the forward was left out of Real’s pre-season friendly with Bayern Munich over the weekend, Zidane said: ‘We hope he leaves soon. It would be best for everyone.

‘We are working on his transfer to a new team. I have nothing personal against him, but there comes a time where things are done because they must be done.’

Former Liverpool, Manchester United and England star Ince then suggested Bale could make a move to Anfield to revive his career.