Jurgen Klopp has fired a warning to Chelsea following the club’s lavish summer spending spree and insists it may take time for the club’s marquee signings to gel at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea have issued a statement of intent ahead of the new season with an expensive summer outlay on a host of leading talents, the likes of Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech, Ben Chilwell and club-record signing Kai Havertz set to lead a new-look side under Frank Lampard next season.
The big business of the west London outfit is in stark comparison to the transfer activity of the Premier League champions, who have made just one new addition to their side with the signing of left-back Kostas Tsimikas from Olympiakos, a player likely to largely play a back-up role this season.
Liverpool had been interested in a deal for Germany international Werner before withdrawing their interest amid financial concerns, with the forward opting instead to move to Chelsea as part of Lampard’s revolution in the capital.
Klopp has now discussed the differences between his side’s resources and those of several Premier League rivals and whilst admitting Chelsea’s summer spending could help them challenge next season, has warned that continuity can also bring its own advantages.
Liverpool conducted minimal business last summer before enjoying the best league season in the club’s history last term to be crowned as champions, and Klopp is hopeful that the familiarity between his players can work to their advantage once more as they bid to defend the title.
“We live in a world at the moment with a lot of uncertainty,” Klopp told BBC’s the Football Daily podcast. “For some clubs it seems to be less important how uncertain the future is – owned by countries, owned by oligarchs, that’s 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 champions last season by being the club we are, by being led the way we are led.
“We cannot just change it overnight and say, ‘So 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.
“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, but I know people don’t want to hear that.
“But we did it last year, pretty much that way. For our reasons, club reasons, we always want to improve, we always want to improve the squad, but there are different ways.”