Jurgen Klopp has warned that Liverpool ‘cannot buy just because other teams buy’, with a number of the Reds’ rivals expected to be busy this summer.
Liverpool are unlikely to spend significantly this summer as the club deal with the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic, with the Premier League champions having withdrawn their interest in Timo Werner, the forward instead heading to divisional rivals Chelsea.
Chelsea – who Liverpool face in their final home fixture of the season on Wednesday – have made a statement of intent ahead of next season with the confirmed captures of Werner and Hakim Ziyech from Ajax, whilst the west London side are considered the favourites to secure a big-money deal for Bayer Leverkusen’s sought-after midfielder Kai Havertz.
Manchester City and Manchester United also continue to be linked with a host of leading names, with both clubs expected to invest heavily this summer, as rivals look to bridge the gap to Klopp’s title-winners next season.
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Klopp, however, remains unconcerned with the spending of the Reds’ Premier League rivals and has pointed to the club’s minimal spend last summer as proof that improvements can be made with limited additions.
“We had to build this,” Klopp said at his pre-match press conference. “It needed time, obviously. It’s not about spending, it’s about having the right team for the next season but always based on your own situation.
“We cannot buy just because other teams buy, we cannot buy because everybody wants us to. We can buy if we have the money for it, if we have the need for it, all that stuff. Then, we will be there. If one of these things is not there, then we will not.
“We will go again and will not use it as an excuse. Imagine last year when we had 97 points, all of you [the media] what would have been your recommendation to me? Who should we bring in to have a chance to close the one-point gap to Manchester City? There would have been a lot of recommendations out there, for sure. But we didn’t [buy anyone], and you saw what happened.
“We will have a lot of tests next year 100%, like we had this year and the year before. We have to make sure that we are ready for that.
“Some of these things can be decided maybe in the transfer market but, for sure, not all of them.”