Jurgen Klopp has discussed Liverpool’s summer transfer plans and has placed doubt on big-money moves for the likes of Erling Haaland, Kylian Mbappe and Jadon Sancho.
Liverpool are anticipated to strengthen this summer following a disappointing title defence, the Reds facing an uphill battle to secure Champions League football ahead of the run-in following their problems this term.
Speculation has surrounded the club in recent months with a whole host of leading names linked with a move to Anfield, though speaking ahead of this evening’s rearranged clash with Manchester United, Klopp has placed doubt on whether any club can finance big-money signings.
Asked if he knew what would be possible in the summer yet, Klopp said: “Yeah, not a lot!
“It is always how it is. What happens depends on the business, if someone wants to leave, if we sell, stuff like this. That’s why we can never really plan early.
“Not playing Champions League doesn’t help obviously, but it is not our biggest problem.
“The market will be really strange. I hear a lot about big-money moves, is Mbappe going or not, Haaland, Sancho, these kind of things. I don’t see that happening a lot this summer because the football world is still not in the same place it was before.
“Getting players back [from injury] makes us already better. These are our first transfers. We don’t know exactly when that will happen, but it will happen. All the rest, we have to see.
“If we don’t go to Champions League it is not good but there is still a chance. But if not, then we have to deal with that.”
Liverpool are currently sixth in the Premier League and a huge 23 points adrift of newly-crowned champions Manchester City, and Klopp admits it will be a difficult task to bridge the gap to both the Etihad side and the Premier League’s other leading sides.
Asked if Liverpool can close the gap to City, he added: “And Chelsea, and United! City and Chelsea always had [financial] advantages and we still won the league and the Champions League. So it is about our situation. I never look at other clubs and think ‘they can do this’ or ‘we can’t do that’.
“I am not interested in being the coach of the best team in the world. I am interested in being the coach of the team who can beat the best team in the world. And if two or three of them play in our league, then we will try to beat them.
“It’s absolutely not a situation to moan or cry about. Our situation is fine.”
He added: “A year ago nobody knew how football will go on. One year later, people speak about ‘what can we do in the transfer market?’
“People talk about changing the structure completely, like the German model. Well, I can tell you the budget will go down massively. Having more say in the club, changing the structure and the ownership model, and then at the same time signing Haaland for £150 million? That doesn’t work together.
“We have to use our situation better than we did this year. This was not the season when we could have become champion. No chance. But we could have had five, six, seven points more, with exactly the same situation we had? Yes, and we should have. That is something I don’t like too much.
“The situation is better than I would have thought a year ago, with the financial situation, but everyone suffers and we are asked about signing players for this or that.
“We will see how the market develops but for sure it will not be an early market.”