Jurgen Klopp holds a ‘fundamental belief’ that dictates the Liverpool transfer policy, according to reports. It’s one that’s clearly paying dividends.
This comes from The Times. A recent report on life under Klopp gives insight into the inner-workings at the club. One aspect of which is the attitude on transfers.
They say that 2018 was something of a watershed moment at Liverpool. The club felt that the squad was ‘complete’ and they should focus on nurturing players.
This was important, too, as it went along with a fundamental belief of Klopp’s. The boss feels that teams should strive for progress through training players, rather than looking to sign new ones.
As a result, Liverpool signed no senior players in 2019 (other than backup goalkeeper Adrian on a free transfer). There’s a hint that we may see similar this season, too, as the current financial climate scuppered a move for Timo Werner.
What RTK has to say
It was certainly a risk to sign no one last summer. Winning the Champions League left Liverpool in a very strong position to sign players but they passed that up in favour of Klopp’s belief.
And good thing, too, as Klopp was absolutely right. Liverpool have got a balanced squad of players who are completely in sync with one another. More than that, every player has improved to some degree, making sure this squad is getting better together as a unit.
A second year with the same plan is an even bigger risk, however. The players are getting older with a good few stars pushing 30 – you will want to bring in replacement when you’re at your most attractive.
But should Liverpool decide to stick with the same policy again, you’d simply have to trust them. Everything they do just keeps working – and you’d have to back them to get it right again.