Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has issued a transfer update regarding the Reds’ long-term transfer strategy as the January transfer window closes in on it’s 11 pm deadline.
The German manager wrapped up a very quiet window for the European champions that saw just one incoming to the club following the signing of Takumi Minamino from RB Salzburg for a fee of £7.25m [BBC Sport].
Klopp also added that the Premier League leaders would be more open to spending in the summer window as long as the right player becomes available.
Speaking in his Friday afternoon press conference ahead of the Southampton clash, Klopp said: “Incoming [today], nothing.
“Outgoing, nothing that I heard about but that does not mean it cannot happen. Go to another place where it’s more exciting!
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“We are not really busy with transfer decisions for this moment but we are constantly in talks and exchange ideas about what helps us in the long-term.
“Were we busy last year? The year before we brought in Virg. We have him already so we can’t sign him again.”
The FIFA Coach of the Year was questioned on the difficulty of improving a squad that has claimed 97 points from their previous 99 available and is currently embarking on a 41-match unbeaten league run.
He added “Not easy but is it possible? We will see. We just prepare potential situations so that’s how it is.
“We always try to strengthen. We look in our own squad: who is ready for the next step?
“Ox and Naby: we all know about the quality of them. Curtis came on in the last game and looked pretty promising.
“We try to estimate the future and we believe that we can do a lot with this existing squad, just that these boys can make next steps.
“We have to make sure they do them.
“To improve easily would be really strange.
“It has to be 100 per cent the right player.”
What RTK has to say
A quiet but a shrewd window Liverpool that saw the Reds sign a Champions League proven player for small change.
Klopp has spent less than £10million in the last two transfer windows – subject to what fee is decided on for 16-year-old Harvey Elliott’s summer move from Fulham.
The reality is that Liverpool will only do deals that they see guarantee long-term value for the club rather than challenge for some of Europe’s biggest stars.
With the Premier League being a matter of when rather than if, Klopp will feel that the club can showcase their status as world and European champions in the upcoming summer market as opposed to January.