Jurgen Klopp has hinted that throwing top money at Liverpool’s transfer targets might not be enough to bring them to Anfield.
Klopp has drawn up a list of players he would like to add to his squad with Mohamed Salah already ticked off the list. The German coach also has Virgil van Dijk and Naby Keita high up on that list, but so far they have drawn a blank on both counts.
The club withdrew their interest in Van Dijk last month after Southampton threatened to report their over an alleged illegal approach for the centre back. The club remain interested in the Dutch defender though and are believed to be still working on a deal, while they have had a bid of £57million rejected for Red Bull Leipzig midfielder Keita.
Klopp, who has so far refused to draw up a list of alternative targets, is pondering another bid for Keita, but he has now revealed he will look at alternative targets next month if they fail to sign their first-choice targets.
“It’s all possible. It’s more likely doing that than doing nothing,” Klopp told the Liverpool Echo.
The manager insists the coming weeks are about adding quality rather than a specific number to his squad. It’s about having a need, having the opportunity.
“It’s not like I can give you the answer ‘bam, bam, bam, shoot, done!’
“We have the money, we have different things but it is still like this. We want to have the right things (and not) just do something. It is not about a number. It is about how it all fits together.”
The Liverpool coach also admitted the market Liverpool were shopping in was particularly difficult with only Salah and Chelsea younsgter Dominic Solanke added to the ranks this summer.
“It is always complicated, if you want,” Klopp said. “If the (selling) club needs the money or has another solution then the chances are higher, especially in England,” added Klopp.
“I read in Germany that there are still transfers in the Bundesliga for £5million. You can imagine that happening in England? No chance. Yet it is similar quality.
“As I say, money is only somewhere else. You are in a circle and that is how it works here. It’s not that we don’t want to spend. It is all about doing the right things.
“What is the challenge? To convince the players or the challenge to have the money? We pretty much have all what you need but at the end it is still business.
“You go out and see the car that you have been dreaming about your whole life. You say ‘here is the money’ but they say to you ‘I don’t want to sell the car.’ You say ‘but I have got the money!’ but they say ‘I don’t want to sell.’
“Things like this happen in life, not only football. It is not about this. They say ‘go for another car in another colour’ but you say ‘that’s okay but I want this.’
“It is pretty simple. You can imagine how it works. It is not that we are doing something that other clubs are not doing or we are more silly or they are more smart.”