Jurgen Klopp wants to ‘create transfers internally’ this summer. The Liverpool boss named eight potential first-team additions.
Liverpool don’t look likely to sign anyone for the first-team – if Klopp’s words are anything to go by. In what will be a different summer for everyone financially, the Reds have reasons to avoid spending.
“It’s just not likely that it will be the most busy summer in the world,” said Klopp, per the Guardian. “But maybe at a later point in the year, if the transfer window is still open, we will know more.
“But this squad – just look at it. It is not a squad you have to change now and say: ‘OK, we need this position and this position.’ What we want is to create our transfers internally.”
The economic crash certainly hampers Liverpool and everyone else. But as Klopp points out, this isn’t a team that’s in any need of immediate reinforcement.
On top that, too, is a crop of youngsters who could step up. The Liverpool boss picked out eight who could soon play important first-team roles.
“So now, the first glimpses of Neco Williams. Bring the boys up. Curtis [Jones], Harvey [Elliott], Ki-Jana [Hoever], Sepp [van den Berg], Yasser [Larouci], Leighton [Clarkson], Jake Cain – all these boys have done really well.”
What RTK has to say
Klopp is essentially confirming what The Times reported over the weekend. That is, Liverpool want to avoid spending and believe they can improve by promoting internally.
Not that it’s simply ‘putting in the kids’. The same Times report explains that Klopp fundamentally believes in training to improve, rather than transfers.
And there’s no doubt that this group of young players offer him an opportunity to do just that. There is an immense amount of potential there and you’d back Klopp to turn a good few of those players into very useful options. He could do it quickly, too, if Trent Alexander-Arnold is anything to go by.
Not all of them will make it to the top, of course, but they all deserve a chance. It will likely come at the expense of new, more match-ready additions but with the economy what it is, there’s no better time to take that gamble.
The current first-team is good enough and – just about – young enough to compete next season. If they can do that while developing some talented players at no financial cost, Liverpool could be in for a wonderfully successful next 12 months.