Jurgen Klopp has made it loud and clear that he expects Liverpool to have a quiet transfer window this summer.
The English champions opted not to pursue their reported interest in Timo Werner after Liverpool steered clear of the German international, who subsequently joined Chelsea in a deal worth £54 million.
Bayern Munich’s Thiago Alcantara is another big-name that has been touted with an Anfield move and was even reported by The Mirror to have put his house up for sale as he looks to secure a move away from the Bundesliga
Despite this, a move seems unlikely. In fact, The Echo recently reported that the Spanish international is not on the shortlist for Liverpool.
Liverpool’s only signings since July 2o18 have been Takumi Minamino – secured for £7.25 million – and goalkeeper Adrian, who joined as a free agent.
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The message is clear, Liverpool are not about to abandon their principles that have seen the club secure the Premier League, Champions League, Club World Cup and Super Cup over the course of a year.
The suspension of football has seen Liverpool’s revenue streams dry up with the club unable to make significant funds from gate receipts with supporters still unable to attend matches.
Klopp’s message is that of caution rather than optimism when Liverpool enter the market as champions of England for the first time in 30 years.
“Every team has a chance but it means it will be more difficult,” Klopp said.
“Strengthening the squad you talk about like it is something I just have to ask for and somebody opens the well and away we go.
“To strengthen the squad you need money and these are uncertain times. Obviously, uncertain times mean for some clubs we cannot do what we would do in non-uncertain times.
“Ask me can we develop the squad and it is probably possible, but only with real money. We have talents ourselves, big talents, and players who can make big steps in our squad.
“But buying now? Just go out and there and name whoever you want, whatever the player is, go for it? That is really difficult. It was always difficult.”
Klopp has warranted our unconditional trust
Despite Liverpool being crowned English, European and world champions in the previous 12 months, trying to emulate such success has been made even more difficult in the wake of CAS’s verdict to go back on their decision to suspend Manchester City from next season’s Champions League.
Because FFP rules are being temporarily relaxed by UEFA because of the financial implications of the COVID-19 pandemic, it will be practically impossible for Liverpool to compete financially with City who are expected to embark on a major spending spree this summer to try to reclaim Liverpool’s Premier League crown.
This isn’t to say there should be mass panic before the season has even started, more to say that even before Liverpool’s title defence has begun, the Reds have already been placed at a huge disadvantage.
The two team’s contrasting business models mean that Liverpool will look internally at their options to conjure up ways to improve the squad whereas City will look for ready-made players in the transfer market in an attempt to close up the 21 point chasm that currently exists between the two teams.
However, if there is anything that FSG and Klopp have warranted over the previous 24 months it’s our unconditional trust. Liverpool haven’t had the means to operate similarly to Chelsea, Manchester United and City and yet his team have scaled the mountain quicker than all of their rivals.
Luckily for Liverpool, the bulk of their Premier League squad is still in its peak and will feel even without sufficient additions, the team is well in place to go again next season.
The current situation makes everything a whole lot more difficult but if Klopp’s message of transforming the club from doubters to believers means anything we should believe that this club can overcome anything.
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