Jurgen Klopp discussed transfer plans on Friday and his comments showed off the wonderful luxury at Liverpool.
“Yes, we are not really busy with transfer decisions for this period, for this moment, but we are constantly in talks, exchanging ideas and thoughts about what helps us in the long-term,” he said, per LiverpoolFC.com.
“A squad like this, to improve easily would be really strange,” he added later. “It needs to be 100 per cent the right player, or we do it internally, or we do it internally and externally as well. All possible.”
This is the enormous bonus in having an elite first-team that people often forget. Liverpool are on top of the world right now, which means they don’t have to go looking for players.
They will, of course, but they don’t have to. There’s a huge difference. You always need to find the ‘right’ player, as Klopp says but sometimes factors prevent you from finding one in a sensible way.
Think back to the summer of 2014. Luis Suarez left the club and Liverpool needed to replace their star striker without any obvious signing. They threw money at the wall, essentially, bringing back Fabio Borini, signing Rickie Lambert and then Mario Balotelli.
The Reds needed a striker or their team wouldn’t work. There wasn’t any room for patience or planning – things needed to happen ASAP.
All of those options failed, as we know. That meant that the following summer, Liverpool were hunting for forwards again. This time in came Roberto Firmino and Christian Benteke.
The former was an overwhelming success. The latter an expensive failure. So while you can find success that way, the odds aren’t in your favour. It can take years and several failures to get one position right.
Liverpool do things differently these days. There’s absolutely no rush – the squad is fantastic. And that is the transfer luxury Klopp alludes to.
The Reds can be patient and plan things. They put plenty of work in but instead of simply doing deals for who is available, they can afford to take their time and make sure they only move when they’re certain.