Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has described Timo Werner and Kai Havertz as "great" players. The Reds look set to miss out on Werner, who has agreed to join Chelsea, while a deal for Havertz is highly unlikely.
Liverpool were heavily linked with a swoop for RB Leipzig hotshot Werner but were forced to cool their interest due to financial reasons.
Chelsea have taken advantage of their change in stance by agreeing a five-year contract with the Germany international, although they have yet to trigger his £49million release clause.
Bayer Leverkusen sensation Havertz has also been linked with a move to Anfield but Bayern Munich are favourites to win the race for his signature.
Klopp has admitted he is a big fan of both players but hinted the financial climate means they are out of Liverpool's reach.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has spoken out on Timo Werner and Kai Havertz
"There are a lot of good players on this planet," he told Sky Germany. "Timo Werner is a great player, Kai Havertz is a great player.
"Right time, opportunity - everything has to come together. Six, seven weeks ago, we didn't know if we could play again this year. If we hadn't played the second half of the season, we would have thought, 'OK, when can you really play football again?' And now it starts right away.
"We act as if everything is already settled. It's not settled. We use this little loophole we've been left to play football again. Everything else we have to see the moment it happens. We can't pretend now that everything's going to be fine in the future."
The upcoming transfer window is set to be a muted affair because of the economic effects of the coronavirus crisis, although Chelsea are splashing the cash while Manchester United look set to follow suit.
Liverpool, however, are likely to keep their powder dry.
"There are all sorts of rumours in England about who Manchester United are going to pick, Chelsea are going to pick," Klopp said.
"It's rather quiet here (at Liverpool) at the moment, I think it's safe to say. If you want to take it seriously and run a normal business and depend on income and have no idea how much you will earn... especially because we don't know when we can start playing with spectators again.
"At the moment, all clubs are losing money. Without spectators, we have to pay back the season tickets and probably sell none next year. At least maybe without the first 10 or 15 games. The VIP areas won't be packed and the tickets won't be sold. This will have an impact on other partners and things will look a bit different.
"Discussing with the players about things like salary waivers and on the other hand buying a player for £50-60m, we have to explain."
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