Jürgen Klopp has insisted he is happy with Liverpool’s transfer business this summer despite the Reds’ struggles to secure his primary targets.
Liverpool’s summer transfer window has been a fairly up and down affair so far with the club’s poaching of Robertson, Solanke and Salah being overshadowed heavily by the fact they continue to be making little progress in securing primary target duo Virgil van Dijk and Naby Keïta.
While the Reds have been struggling to spend big, their rivals have been having no issues on that front with Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City all having brought in players commanding price tags of £50m+ while Everton just continue to spend like a kid on Football Manager with a financial takeover add-on.
Jürgen Klopp, however, has insisted he is not worried about rivals spending and that he is satisfied with the business done by the Reds so far.
“First of all, I’m not interested in what other clubs are doing until we play them,” Klopp told the media post-Leicester.
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“So they can make the best business or the worst business, I’m not in it. I don’t know why they do the things they do, that’s why I’m completely fine.
“Yes, I heard, of course, a few things that they (Everton) have done. Strikers, good. Wayne Rooney, you don’t have to talk about. The centre-half came. Good. So a lot of really good business. Klaasen. So it’s all good but, at the end of the day, just like us, they can only line up 11 players. Then we have to see what will happen. But all the teams have tried to get stronger.
“With Everton, usually derbies are really close games. I don’t think we have gone into any of the last few derbies thinking: ‘It’s only Everton.’ No. There is a lot of respect and if they’ve done good business, well done but when we face them we still want to win.”
Klopp was soon asked to comment on Jose Mourinho’s transfer business and provide a response to the Portuguese manager’s recent comments about Liverpool and Chelsea being at an advantage due to a lack of European football last season.
“I’m not interested in what Jose Mourinho says,” Klopp responded bluntly. “Why should I talk about Manchester United? Jose is talking about us, yes. Okay, we had a season like Man United the year before. I don’t know if anybody asked us how it feels.
“Sorry that we lost the final yes, that’s right. We played Sevilla, they played Ajax. That’s the difference. So we suffered during the season. Right. The Europa League was hard. Yes, Chelsea will feel also the difference, they played something like 13 players last season. But it’s also not my problem if they use only 11, well done.
“I don’t want to be part of this. I answer if you ask but I am not interested.”
Finally being allowed to move onto his own team’s transfer business, Klopp was asked whether fans should be concerned at the lack of perceived top-class quality coming through the door – Salah aside.
“I hope they are actually. I hope they do (worry) because there are a lot of reasons for it. After a season there is a summer break and everybody starts – and I’ve said this before – feeling that the transfer window is more interesting than the league,” Klopp explained.
“People think: ‘Oh we are winning already’ – but unfortunately after the transfer window you have to carry on playing. That’s what I am most interested in. It doesn’t mean we don’t want to bring players in. We’ve always brought players in. Wonderful players like Wijnaldum.
“Maybe people know why I’ve said we are not doing too badly. Joel Matip. Again, Sadio. A lot of good players already. But, it was not like – I don’t know – Ibrahimovic, Lukaku and others. Does that mean we can’t do it? I have no idea. We will see. We want to do the right thing and not calm the people down with a big signing and everyone will think now you have to win the league, then it’s: ‘Oh, obviously you can’t’.
“So that’s why I’m completely fine. We want to do a lot but not a lot in numbers, only a lot of work to improve this squad with training and different players.
Klopp also addressed the signing of new boy Andy Robertson: “We will see what happens but I really like, for example, the kind of project like Andrew Robertson.”
“He is cool, he is not too long in professional football. He played outstandingly well at Hull but people have said ‘In defensive one-on-ones, he is not that good.’ That’s not a problem.
“I can’t teach him playing football because he is already good at that but I can teach him how to deal with one-on-ones because I could do that and I was a really bad footballer.
“So, it’s possible and doing the next step, things like that should still be possible.”