Liverpool’s 2020 summer transfer window so far has seen just the solitary addition of left-back Kostas Tsimikas, yet manager Jurgen Klopp remains fully confident ahead of the club’s upcoming title defence which begins on Saturday.
The players await their inaugural Premier League bout of the 2020/21 season in just two days time as Liverpool take on Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United side at Anfield.
Following Liverpool’s lack of transfer activity, Klopp was quizzed about the club’s stance in the transfer market, and unsurprisingly he was quick to jump to the defence his squad.
After all, it is sensible for a manager to talk up his players so close to the dawn of a new season. He isn’t to going to openly lament and admit his unhappiness regarding limited funding at the club.
Never doubt Jurgen Klopp
However, Klopp’s comments were telling when considering the German manager’s persistence in repeating the word ‘uncertain’.
When questioned about Liverpool’s cautious approach in the current summer market during an interview with BBC 5 Live Sport, Klopp said: “We live in a world at the moment with a lot of uncertainty.”
“For some clubs, it seems to be less important how uncertain the future is. Owned by countries, owned by oligarchs, that is the truth.
“We’re a different kind of club. We got to the Champions League final two years ago, we won it last year, and became Premier League champion last season by being the club we are, by being lead the way we are led.”
Mad thing is this success only came from abandoning our transfer policy and breaking the world record for a goalkeeper and centre back, without doing this we’d still be fighting for 4th
— John O Sullivan (@Corballyred) September 9, 2020
What does this mean in regards to transfers?
It is normal for Liverpool to maintain caution during a period where the financial ramifications of the pandemic are still widely unknown.
Also, Liverpool are more fortunate than other clubs due to the fact that they don’t have to take as many risks in the market given their squad is already littered in world-class options. It shouldn’t be all doom and gloom for supporters as, despite limited activity, the Reds look set to begin the season with the bulk of their squad intact.
However, if the Liverpool boss does arrive back as a ray of positivity amid a lot of scepticism from supporters regarding a lack of transfers, it should be remembered that it will be a public act for the media, as his true feelings have already been made clear.
Klopp’s use of the phrase ‘uncertain times’ indicates that this is a window which cannot be compared to the club’s business models in previous seasons.
Liverpool, as with every other Premier League club, are currently operating during a time where the economic climate has never been so ambiguous.
What is happening behind the scenes at Liverpool remains unclear but it is likely that one eye has already been cast towards the 2021 window where the need for additions will become even more apparent.
By the following summer, Liverpool’s squad will have aged a year and will be in sufficient need of strengthening, and it gives the club an extra year to assess and deem who are the best possibilities for the club from a practical and financial viewpoint.
Given the options currently available to Klopp in the market, he isn’t going to better his starting XI without spending an eye-watering sum of cash even in the case of Thiago Alcantara.
As proven with the likes of Fabinho and Naby Keita, Klopp and Liverpool’s philosophy of play takes time to adapt to and given the number of options currently at the manager’s disposal, there isn’t a direct need to make signings.
Klopp’s attempts to soften the blow of limited dealings this summer showcase that it should be remembered that this same group of players cantered to the league last time out and none of the regular starting XI are at an age to suggest they are past their best.
The manager’s stance has remained consistent throughout the window and that is what is important. Not once, has Klopp given supporters hope that an array of summer additions will be walking through the Anfield doors in an attempt to significantly strengthen a squad that won the league with eight games still to spare last time out.
Klopp has made his intentions clear and it is about time we all listened. After all, if the manager of all people is content with what he has then so should we and it’s important that Klopp’s maintained approached is remembered in the coming weeks.
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