Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has discussed the club’s lack of transfer activity this summer.
The transfer window is set to slam shut for Premier League clubs at 5pm on Thursday, with the European champions having enjoyed a quiet summer in the transfer market.
Teenagers Sepp van den Berg and Harvey Elliott have arrived from PEC Zwolle and Fulham respectively, whilst former West Ham goalkeeper Adrian has also signed on a free transfer to provide back-up and competition for first-choice Alisson.
Klopp insists his rivals business is irrelevant to his own club’s hopes, the German saying he doesn’t just want to sign players for the sake of it.
“You should never do transfers because other clubs are doing transfers,” Klopp told Sky Sports. “That makes no sense, it’s not about that. And if you sit back for a second and have a look at the squad, do we need more players? People will say, yes, we need a substitute for Sadio Mane, for Mohamed Salah, whatever.
“But those players are here. So, do you get a one-for-one replacement? A big signing? People think that players from other clubs, other countries, are better than the players we have here but without really having the proof, because those players haven’t played here, or whatever else.
“It’s just that what is new is seen as more exciting. It’s like with a new car. Your old car is completely reliable, but you want a new one and two weeks later it breaks down. It looks better, but obviously it’s not that good.”
Klopp insists it is ‘difficult’ to find new signings that will improve his current starting line-up, and says his side can continue their recent progress despite a lack of investment this summer.
“New players are never the only solution. And making this team stronger, the starting line-up, that’s really difficult and very expensive and we don’t have that money. That’s how it is. You cannot go out with £150m or £200m and just say, ‘Yes, that’s the guy we need and he can make us better’.
“Because, also, that would only be if one of the others cannot play. These players, you can’t really get, because they ask, ‘When will I play?’ and I have to tell them, ‘When he is ill or when he leaves.’ It makes it even more difficult.
“It’s the price you pay for success and for having a good team, and it’s also why I say settle down, watch, work, improve – because we have to – and then find the solutions in the moments when you need them.”