Jurgen Klopp gave his take on Liverpool’s transfer window this week. The boss says it’s ‘disappointing’ that he has to.
Liverpool’s transfer window has been slow. Or at least, it’s ended up being slow – it actually started very quickly. The Reds signed Ibrahima Konate back in May, immediately boosting their defensive options.
But there hasn’t been a single senior signing since then. They have signed 16-year-old Bobby Clark but that’s one for the academy. Don’t expect a first-team impact there this season.
So while Manchester United sign Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo, Liverpool have sat on what they have. They’ve done the same as Manchester City broke the British transfer record for Jack Grealish. And as Chelsea brought in Romelu Lukaku for a massive fee.
They’re all big-money deals that add a new element to their respective sides. Liverpool, though, will mostly just stick with the same players who delivered the Champions League and Premier League titles.
So what does Jurgen Klopp this of Liverpool’s transfer window?
Klopp on the transfer window
“In the end, there are so many different reasons and ways to win a football game,” said Klopp, per the Echo. “It’s not all about bringing in new players.
“It’s a little bit disappointing I always have to mention it but we brought in Ibou Konate. He wasn’t a bargain or whatever, he cost money as well.
“All of these offensive, attacking players other clubs are signing as obviously what they thought they needed and they had the resources to do it. That is the situation.”
It’s an interesting take. Would Liverpool’s window have a different feel about it if Konate was an attacking player? We’d argue yes – though, not only because that’s typically more exciting.
Konate currently sits as Liverpool’s fourth-choice centre-back. He’s potentially a superstar but right now, he’s down the pecking order.
It’s not a transformative signing and Liverpool could arguably do with one. Liverpool’s attack saw them incredibly reliant on Mohamed Salah last season and adding depth there makes sense.
So we do agree with Klopp, in part. They have made an important signing and brought in a very talented player. At the same time, there is a sense Liverpool could do more – even without spending enormous amount of cash.