Jurgen Klopp has launched yet another defence of Liverpool’s lack of activity in the transfer market.
Many expected the Reds to add further quality to their squad this summer, after a successful season last term, in which the Anfield outfit finished second in the Premier League with a whopping 97 points and won the Champions League after beating Spurs in the final in Madrid.
However, Liverpool‘s only signings so far this summer have been talented youngsters, 16-year-old Harvey Barnes and 17-year-old Sepp van den Berg.
A poor run of results in pre-season and many of Klopp’s first-team regulars only arriving back for pre-season recently after international commitments, has left large sections of the clubs fan base worried by a lack of strength in depth at Anfield.
Klopp though insists that after spending over £250 million in the previous two windows it was never Liverpool’s intention to spend big again this summer, and the German coach reckons simply keeping hold of some of his star players represents a win for the European Champions.
”There was never the intention to spend again because of the team we had last year which is a wonderful age group,” Klopp told the press ahead of today’s Community Shield clash with Man City.
“It’s only in England where you come up with ‘now bring in more quality and new faces’ and all that stuff at the end of a season.
“Divock Origi has a new contract and all the others have stayed – THAT is transfer business.
“I know people smile and even laugh about it, that’s just how it is.
“But keeping a team like this together is not easy. Half the world would like to have these guys.
“And they (other clubs) don’t throw nuts – they have money as well! It’s like this.
“We wanted to keep that team together and it means consolidation, pay the bills, play football, go for everything then after the season we can have a look what happened.
“But this team deserves another year together – that’s how it is. So absolutely it’s a bonus just keeping these guys together for another year.
“We have fresh blood and fresh legs. Naby Keita is pretty much a new player, Oxlade too, Brewster is a new player, Divock Origi is a new player.
“The rest can make steps and improve and then afterwards we can talk about how they develop.
“But we cannot buy the quality we have up front every summer and say ‘come on, we are bringing another one in of this quality’.
“That doesn’t work so that’s why I don’t like too much to discuss that concept.”
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