Jurgen Klopp may have taken a dig at rivals Chelsea with a comment to rival teams that success is not just ‘about bringing quality in’ during the summer window.
Liverpool’s transfer activity has been cautious so far. The club have signed just one player, although developments could still change before the transfer deadline.
Chelsea, by comparison, have been prolific, signing Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, Hakim Ziyech, Malang Sarr, Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell, and they are not finished either after Goal reported they could still sign Edouard Mendy.
Klopp told BBC 5 Live: “We cannot change overnight and say now we want to behave like Chelsea, now we want to behave like them.”
“Now they’ve signed a lot of players. That can be an advantage of course, but that means they have to fit together pretty quickly as well, it’s not only about bringing quality in.
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“You cannot bring in the 11 best players in the world and just hope a week later, they play the best football they ever will play. It’s about working together on the training ground.
“That will probably be an advantage for us. We’ve worked quite a while with each other.”
Both approaches have risk
It’s too early to judge both clubs’ transfer business before the season has even begun, because Liverpool have proven that maintaining what you have can be just as important as what you bring in following their procession to the title last season.
Liverpool are still yet to make a big-money signing since Alisson Becker’s arrival in 2018 as the club have focussed since on strengthening the depth of Klopp’s squad with additions such as Harvey Elliott, Adrian, Takumi Minamino and Kostas Tsimikas (BBC).
These four signings have gone a long way to ensure that Klopp’s options are stacked and that competition for places remains high.
Chelsea have been active, and have shown that even in such financially uncertain times it is still possible to be prolific and get business done, despite the complexities that currently exist in the current economic climate.
Frank Lampard has bought quality too. Liverpool themselves were interested in landing Werner before it was deemed financially unpursable which Chelsea swiftly utilised to their advantage.
Havertz and Ziyech will also give the Blues another element in attack while Ben Chilwell is another long-term impressive investment.
The addition of Thiago Silva may be a short-term fix, but considering Chelsea’s recent glaring defensive mishapses, he could be just what they need.
Individually speaking, each of the signings Chelsea have made look good on paper, but that is not the point Klopp is trying to make.
Jurgen Klopp has been here before
The German manager is pointing out to how long it takes to find you best team and get them all to gel together. It is almost an impossible task for Lampard to appease each and every squad member considering he is now stacked with so many options. Maintaining harmony amongst the squad certainly looks set to be a difficult proposition.
There is then pressure on Lampard to get results, as suddenly the expectancy levels are on a whole different scale considering the manager has spent over just £200 million this summer according to TransferMarkt.
While Liverpool have instead chosen to be more cautious and sensible, this can still be utilised to Klopp’s advantage. The essence of familiarity shouldn’t be underestimated as the manager has known for some time now what his best team is and what squad players are knocking on the door for their run in the starting XI.
It is good to see Klopp come out fighting as it showcases that the boss has faith in his own approach and is confident it will work again next season. Liverpool have a fight on their hands and the gap at the top looks set to be closed but if there one thing Klopp has never failed in it’s ensuring his team are always ensuring his squad are ready for the task at hand.
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