Liverpool under Klopp have done well both on and off the pitch with some impressive recruitment including the likes of Alisson, Salah and Van Dijk.
Jurgen Klopp has hinted that Liverpool won’t spend big money in the transfer market this summer. He believes that the Reds have a bquad capable enough to complete for the biggest prizes in Europe for years. With players like Van Dijk, Keita and Mane on their payroll, the Merseysiders wouldn’t require any more big names additions according to the German.
“Won’t spend big”
“I don’t want to talk exactly what we will do. But I don’t think this is a team at the moment where we have to spend the big money or whatever,” said the former Dortmund boss.
“The best way to do it is to bring together a group of players, try to develop them all together and then stay together for a while. And that was maybe the main problem of Liverpool for the last decade. When they had a good team after a season they went all over the world. That will not happen this year, for sure.”
Players can improve; insists Klopp
Klopp anticipates further improvement in the performance levels of a team which is on course to shatter the club’s record Premier League points tally. Liverpool will have Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain fit for the start of next season, expect Naby Keita to improve, and also believe Adam Lallana’s influence on the side will grow as he seeks to put injury issues behind him.
“It is massive [potential for growth],” added Klopp. “I think the steps are really obvious but it is still about a natural confidence. We have to start looking at ourselves, how other teams see us. When you think about how Bayern faced us here – I saw Bayern playing a lot in the last years but I never saw them being that defensive.”
“When Manchester City came here, it was similar. Wow. They had a lot of respect for us but I am not sure we always have the same amount of respect for ourselves. For sure, it will come, step by step, that is why I was so happy for the game at Bayern. There was a little sign at least for that. The boys have so much space for improvement in all departments.”
Jurgen Klopp has already seen FSG group spend massively during his time at Liverpool. The German boasts an exceptional bunch of players who have had time to get used to his philosophy. It is elementary that the Reds would prefer a much quiter transfer window. However, Liverpool still lack the squad dept which is a hallmark of truly elite sides. When past the playing 11, there is a clear drop-off in quality. Klopp will have to address that this summer,not necessarily by picking up star names. Ultimately, there will be additions to the squad but not in the same scale as the last couple of years.