Jurgen Klopp insists Liverpool couldn’t make more transfers just to join the ‘circus’ after title rivals Man City, Man United and Chelsea spent a lot of money over the summer
- Jurgen Klopp says he is happy with Liverpool squad despite lack of transfers
- Ibrahima Konate was the only big signing at Anfield during the summer
- The German said the Reds can’t ‘transfer business to be in a circus’
- Rivals Man United, Man City and Chelsea all spent a lot of money during the window
Jurgen Klopp has declared himself happy with Liverpool’s long-term schedule this summer, while bigger-spending rivals have chosen to join the ‘circus’ in the transfer market.
Ibrahima Konate was the only major signing at Anfield with a £36 million price tag from Leipzig that was dwarfed by the sums spent by Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United.
However, Klopp said the long-term contracts signed by Virgil van Dijk, Alisson, Andy Robertson, Fabinho and Trent Alexander-Arnold are just as important to the long-term health of the club.
Jurgen Klopp has insisted he is happy with the Liverpool side despite their rivals spending a lot of money in the transfer market
Ibrahima Konate, who entered for £36million, was the only major signing at Anfield in the summer
The quintet has a combined estimated transfer value of £300million and is in line with Liverpool’s priorities. The club has made no purchases for the 2019-20 season, which saw them win the championship for the first time in 30 years.
“I signed up to do things this way and in that time we’ve been quite successful,” Klopp said.
“We’ve won a few trophies for doing things exactly, but then we get the question why you do that? It is always the same.
“We thought it made sense to sign up our squad that we already have here, and we did.
“That’s not as spectacular as the rest, I can’t change that because you can’t do transfer business just to be in a circus.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (left) and Pep Guardiola (right) both spent a lot of money in the transfer market
Chelsea also spent a lot of money bringing in Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku for £98m
“Other teams have signed players, fine, and now we’re going to play against them and see what we can do.”
Liverpool have previously shown under Klopp that they are willing to be patient in certain windows to make a statement later, such as Alisson or Van Dijk, with fans hoping they can fight for PSG or Erling free Kylian Mbappe next summer Haaland issued a buyout clause of £73 million.
Klopp, whose side brought their unbeaten record to Leeds on Sunday, previously infuriated Pep Guardiola by claiming that Manchester City and Chelsea appeared to have no spending restrictions, but the German coach blames his English.
“Obviously I annoy some other managers and I don’t want to annoy them,” he said.
“I say something, I think it’s right, it’s probably right in my head and then two days later I hear someone’s answer and think, ‘Why is he on tiptoe?’
“Honestly, I don’t care what other clubs do.”
Klopp has spent all week warding off questions about the availability of his South American players who have not traveled to their World Cup qualifiers.
He will also lose star strikers Mo Salah and Sadio Mane and Mo Salah for the African Cup of Nations which runs from January 9 to February 6, a period that will see Liverpool play two Premier League games against Brentford and Crystal Palace and possibly two FA Cup matches. matches.
Fans hope the club will battle for Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland, who has a buyout clause
Liverpool will lose Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane to the African Cup of Nations from January 9 to February 6.
“They have the right to play their cup, just like the European Championship and in South America,” he said.
“It’s not ideal, but perfectly fine. We knew it, we have to deal with it and we will deal with it. How? We’ll see in January.
“People are saying now, ‘You have to attract two strikers of the same quality as Sadio and Mo. That can’t be the solution, because we can’t.’ So we have to find a solution for that in January.’
The trip to Elland Road is the first of seven Liverpool games in 22 days, meaning Kounate is expected to make his debut sooner rather than later, which could be today or Wednesday against AC Milan, with Van Dijk somewhere after the knee. must be rotated. injury last season.
“We have quite a few games, all the boys will play,” Klopp said. “Virgil came back and looked really good, we have to make these kinds of decisions all the time from now on.”
England international Joe Gomez will also join the fray after having played just one minute against Burnley so far, with Klopp favoring Joel Matip over partner van Dijk.