Jurgen Klopp reiterated it is Liverpool’s plan to strengthen the squad in the summer, at his press conference on Friday.
Just a day after Liverpool’s encouraging financial results were made public, Klopp emphasised that Liverpool will make signings next summer after January’s addition of Virgil van Dijk.
“Performance on the pitch and the reinvestment in our squad is always a priority and following the club’s record signing last month we will look to invest again in the summer,” said chief operating officer Andy Hughes on Thursday.
All the indications are that Liverpool and Klopp, spurred on by a £39milion profit and money in the bank for Philippe Coutinho, will be big players in the summer transfer market as they look to close the gap on runaway Premier League leaders Man City.
“We want to keep this team together and strengthen it,” said Klopp at Melwood,
“You can’t have 57pts if everything is wrong, a lot of things are really positive. But it’s not that I am constantly smiling. The main thing is to do the work.”
Asked about City’s dominance, Klopp suggested any team in the world would struggle to keep pace with Pep Guardiola’s side, who are 16 points ahead of Man Utd and 18 points ahead of the Reds.
“This is a really interesting football project. Man City deserve to be first. If you can only be happy if you have 1 more point than them that would be difficult for any other team in the world at the moment,” added Klopp.
Klopp also heaped praise on full-back Andrew Robertson.
“He has stepped up and improved a lot in a fantastic way. Everyone needs time. The last 2 games were really good especially. He’s young enough to develop still,” said Klopp.