Liverpool have gained a reputation for being sensible, restrained, even clinical in the transfer market since FSG took over the club. Michael Edwards has been identifying value for money transfer targets with surgical precision. Due to the financial restraint the club have shown in recent seasons this summer could be an interesting but disappointing one for Kopites. Recent comments by Jürgen Klopp have shed light on Liverpool’s transfer plans.
What did Klopp say?
James Pearce reported Jürgen Klopp’s comments from a pre-match press conference. The gaffer told the media:
“This is a difficult year for all football clubs in the world and I don’t think it’s a time where we talk about transfers like the rest around us did not happen. It’s just not possible, at least not for us.
“We cannot do it like this, other clubs maybe can, but this club is run in a specific way. This is our way, here we are. Is it the best way? I don’t know, but it’s ours and we will probably stick to that.”
What is he talking about?
The gaffer is referencing the impact of the global health crisis. Football around the world was forced to come to a halt and has only resumed on the condition of empty stadiums.
Playing behind closed doors has an even greater off the pitch than it does on it. Liverpool make around £84m per season in matchday revenue, with no fans in the ground this is a lot of money for the club to miss out on.
What does this mean for transfers?
Jürgen Klopp seems to have said in no uncertain terms that Liverpool will be inactive in the transfer market because they cannot justify the financial outlay.
With so much matchday revenue lost the club will not be able to make the moves they were planning on making,w e have already seen this with the Reds missing out on Timo Werner.
Any incoming transfers would likely have to be bargain buys that were precipitated by a departure. For instance, Liverpool may bring in an inexpensive, young cover option for left back but not until they have profited from selling Harry Wilson and Marko Grujic.
Even funding incoming transfers with outgoing moves is in doubt. As transfer fees are set to be slashed by the impact of the pandemic the club are unlikely to let certain players go for less than they are worth.