Jurgen Klopp called for Liverpool to splash the cash only a few weeks ago, but the Reds manager has now retracted those comments by claiming that the club need not go through an extravagant summer expenditure once again.
Klopp has been able to revitalise Liverpool, who finished as the Premier League runner-up last season and ended up winning the Champions League honour for the sixth time in the club’s history. This transformation has been made possible due to Liverpool’s expensive summer outlays in 2017 and 2018.
Mohamed Salah, Virgil van Dijk, Sadio Mane, Alisson, Fabinho, and Naby Keita are some of the expensive acquisitions made by Klopp since taking over at Liverpool in October 2015. Liverpool spent more than £150 million in each of the last two summers, but the club’s transfer activity so far in 2019 has been subdued. There has been no addition to the first-team squad with young defender, Sepp van den Berg, being the only acquisition for £1.5 million.
Speaking to Liverpool’s official site, Klopp said that it is impossible for Liverpool to spend big every summer. He said:
“We are pretty relaxed in that, we will see what’s coming up. It will not be the biggest transfer window of LFC; we invested a lot in the team in the last two years, I would say. We cannot spend every year in the same manner.”
Real Madrid and Barcelona have dominated the headlines in this transfer window with several big acquisitions, while Juventus, Manchester City, Atletico Madrid, and even Spurs are not far behind. Even though it is extremely difficult for Liverpool to retain the Champions League, the club are in danger of being caught by other teams this season.
Liverpool owner John Henry hinted a few weeks ago that the Premier League would be the priority for the club this season. Liverpool have been able to add two Champions League honours since the millennium but the Premier League honour continues to evade the club.
Klopp has claimed that he is extremely happy at the moment, but the club need a couple of players to strengthen the squad – especially after the departure of two fringe players. The departure of Alberto Moreno and Daniel Sturridge has weakened the squad even if they received very little first-team action last season. The departure of Sturridge is especially a big blow, as there is little cover for the front three of Mane, Roberto Firmino, and Salah.
There are concerns surrounding the trio of Firmino, Mane, and Salah. The former featured in Brazil’s successful Copa America campaign just after the gruelling season with Liverpool. Meanwhile, Salah featured in the Africa Cup of Nations. Both players are set to return just 12 days before the first league match of the season against Norwich. This may not be sufficient time for the duo to hit decent fitness levels. Belgian international Divock Origi is currently the only cover available for the front three.
Liverpool continue to be linked with a move for Barcelona’s Philippe Coutinho, but the likelihood of such a transfer has been waning with every week. There is a growing possibility of Liverpool starting the new season with no major additions to the squad and this is a concern for Klopp – even if he refuses to admit the same.