Liverpool Football Club are not scared to spend big sums of money on the right players this summer, says Reds boss Jürgen Klopp.
Jürgen Klopp has admitted that the extortionate fees being forked out this summer will not put Liverpool off doing further business this window but only for the right players.
The Reds have already spent just over £45m this summer on Dominic Solanke (whose fee is still awaiting a tribunal), Mohamed Salah and Andrew Robertson but this has been dwarfed by other Premier League clubs such as Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Everton and Manchester United who have all secured multiple mega-money incomings.
However, Klopp insists this is not down to the Reds being unwilling to spend, rather a necessity to add the “right” players to the squad instead of just buying for the sake of it.
“We are not afraid of big numbers at the club, we are not afraid to spend,” Klopp told Goal.com. “But we have to do the right things, look at the right players and negotiate with the right clubs.”
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While normally this would come as a reassurance to fans, the well documented lack of progress made in the club’s pursuit of top targets Naby Keïta and Virgil van Dijk is still a bitter talking point.
The club have failed to talk RB Leipzig into selling their prized-asset despite bids of £57m and £66m being submitted while Southampton are attempting their own efforts to hold on to van Dijk despite banishing the Dutchman to train on his own.
Klopp, however, is adamant that even if neither club opts to sell, the Reds will not just buy for the sake of buying, preferring to assess whether there are any equally suitable alternatives available.
“There’s two possibilities to strengthen the squad: one is to get better players, the other is to get players with similar quality to what you have,” Klopp explained.
“It’s difficult to get better players, because the ones we have are already really good. If you get the same quality, then the age group that they’re in means that very big steps are possible for everyone – the new players and the ones already at the club.
“That’s what then gives the push in the performance, that’s what we’re looking for.”
The next couple of weeks are likely to be a crucial time for the Reds who are running out of time to finish their business before their Premier League season opener away to Watford on August 12th and first leg of their Champions League play-off qualifier on August 16/17.