Jurgen Klopp offered a hint towards Liverpool’s transfer strategy this summer. The boss talked about an important feature of his team.
Stability is all-important to football teams. That’s according to Jurgen Klopp, certainly, who talked of the importance this weekend.
The Liverpool manager bemoaned a lack of it this season, given the club’s injury crisis. The Reds have been without key defenders and midfielders for essentially the entire campaign.
It’s forced Klopp to change up his team nearly every week, robbing Liverpool of that stability. That, he says, is why he hasn’t tried certain things this season.
“You can see now for example, Man United – I think the last line played nearly the last 20 games together,” he said, per Liverpoolfc.com. “Then you can make changes everywhere because you have a proper basis. We never had that.
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“Then on top of that, then making two or three changes in midfield just doesn’t work out in football. People say, ‘Try it.’ We would try definitely if we could be not only nearly sure that it could work out, but you need stability in a football team.
“Other teams are too good that you just make eight or nine changes.”
It’s an interesting perspective and one that Klopp rigidly sticks by. We’ve seen some fairly uninspired Liverpool XIs this season, after all, but this explains why the boss felt he had to stick to plans that haven’t been working.
But it also suggests something else: the Liverpool transfer strategy this summer will be quality, not quantity.
The transfer strategy
We think there’s quite a lot to do this summer and it puts some pressure on the money-men at Liverpool. The defence needs at least one centre-back, Gini Wijnaldum likely needs replacing, and the team could use another goalscorer.
And that’s before boosting squad numbers or replacing other players who want to leave. It’s even before you consider the overall age of so many key players – Liverpool do need to invest in their future soon.
But Klopp calls for stability and we imagine that applies to the transfer strategy, too. There won’t be several first-team signings, then – that would upset the balance in the squad.
It’s probably the sensible choice as there is certainly already enough at Liverpool to compete next season. But we do wonder how far the need for stability goes.
Will they stop at two major signings like last summer? Three? Will Liverpool limit their sales, too?
Klopp’s words suggest there won’t be many risks this summer. Anyone hoping for a major overhaul can likely forget about it, then.