Jurgen Klopp is confident of finding the right players in the summer, but says he will not waste time with men who need convincing to play for Liverpool.
The German tactician claims he “doesn’t care” if targets don’t want to play at Anfield and claims that “short-term ideas are always silly” in reference to players demanding Champions League football.
“If a player only wants to come to us to play in the Champions League, short-term ideas are always silly,” Klopp told the Daily Mirror. “I don’t like this. I don’t like it when players say ‘ah, but you’re not in the Champions League’. We want to GET you because we want to play in the Champions League.
“If you don’t want to help us, and want to jump on a running train, then go somewhere else.
“You need the right mentality and quality. That’s how it is. If there’s a player who won’t join Liverpool because we don’t play in the Champions League or will only join because we’re in the Champions League, that’s not for us.
“Liverpool is a big name in European football and for sure there will be a few players who will say ‘I want to play there’… well, until they get another offer from another club with a similar history and more money!
“‘But it’s 40 miles away from Liverpool so I can live in Manchester and play there and if I want to go to Liverpool I can go there instead’.
“There are a lot of players out there. We have to make the decision. If we can’t convince the player then we can’t. That’s because of other offers or different things.
“I don’t care. We will find players.”
Klopp has added Southampton defender Steven Caulker to the squad on loan until the end of the season and signed Marko Grujic on a permanent deal for £5million before loaning the midfielder back to Red Star Belgrade.