Spending will not necessarily be easy or the right thing to do even if he has a significant war chest, says Klopp
LONDON • Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp does not believe he has to spend “millions” in the transfer market, saying it is a tricky task to improve his Premier League winners.
Klopp’s side was last week crowned English champions for the first time in 30 years with a record seven games to go.
The coronavirus outbreak, which put the Premier League on hold for three months, is likely to have a significant impact on the football transfer market.
But Klopp said even if he had a significant war chest, spending it would not necessarily be easy or the right thing to do.
The club decided not to compete with Chelsea for RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner even though he had been heavily linked with a move to Anfield.
Fringe players Xherdan Shaqiri and Adam Lallana look likely to be among those who will be leaving the club.
“Covid-19 has of course influenced both sides with ins and outs. That is completely normal, and it’s just not likely that it will be the busiest summer in the world,” Klopp told reporters.
“But maybe at a later point in the year, if the transfer window is still open, we will know more. But this squad…look at it.
“It is not a squad you have to change now and say ‘Okay, we need this position and this position’.”
The Liverpool boss said he had a “first 16 or 17” who could all play at the same level.
“We cannot spend millions and millions and millions because we want to or we think it is nice to do,” he added. “We never wanted that.”
Klopp’s last big buy was the purchase of Alisson Becker for £65 million (RM342.4 million) in 2018.
Since then, the outlay has been relatively small. Teenagers Harvey Elliott and Sepp van den Berg have joined the club along with Adrian and Takumi Minamino, who arrived from RB Salzburg for £7.25 million in January.
But the club has invested heavily in longer contracts for their key players and Klopp said his youngsters have the potential to make a major impact.
Wales under-19 international Neco Williams has impressed, along with academy graduate Curtis Jones and fellow young forward Elliott.
“You have to be creative and we try to be creative,” said Klopp. “We try to find solutions internally and there is still a lot to come. We have three or four players who can make big steps.”
The Liverpool manager knows the expectations on his side will be greater next season.
“I have heard people say it is only a real thing if we win twice in a row, but that is really funny,” he said.
“That is obviously an English thing.
“When we (former club Borussia Dortmund) became champions in 2011 nobody told us we had to become champions again.” — AFP