Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp has shown little sympathy in his response to goalkeeper Loris Karius after the former Mainz star vented his anger at being kept in the dark over the club's pursuit of Alisson Becker.
The 25-year-old recently claimed that he would be considering his options before the transfer window closes on August 9, admitting that he was frustrated at not being told about Liverpool's transfer business this summer.
"Of course that's not perfect for me, but I cannot say much more about that either," Karius admitted about the Alisson signing. "I do not know that, I cannot say what I'm doing right now, there's still some time left [in the transfer window]."
But Karius' compatriot and head coach Klopp hasn't taken his comments too well, sternly telling reporters during pre-season that he shouldn't have to warn other players about the club's transfer dealings.
"Listen, I didn’t walk through the dressing room and tell the midfielders that I was signing Fabinho or Naby Keïta," Klopp said, quoted by the Guardian.
Karius started last season as Liverpool's second choice goalkeeper, behind Belgium international Simon Mignolet, but a number of impressive performances saw the German shot-stopper finish the campaign firmly as the club's number one.
However, two high-profile mistakes in the Champions League final against Real Madrid, as well as more blunders in pre-season, saw Liverpool's hierarchy become eager to add another goalkeeper to their ranks this summer.
A big money deal was eventually agreed with AS Roma over the transfer of Alisson, who kept Manchester City's Ederson out of the Brazil starting lineup during the World Cup in Russia.
Alisson is set to walk straight into Liverpool's first team when the season gets underway on August 12, where the Reds will welcome a revitalised West Ham to Anfield on the opening day of the new Premier League season.