New Liverpool chief executive Peter Moore says the club have “tremendous resources” to buy new players this summer – but insists the Reds won’t spend money for the sake of it.
Moore, former chief competition officer of gaming company EA Sports, has been brought in purely in a business role with football operations – including transfer negotiations and player contracts – undertaken by sporting director Michael Edwards.
It means Moore, who also has experience of senior roles at Microsoft, SEGA and Reebok, will be able to concentrate on the financial side and fill the vacuum there has been since predecessor Ian Ayre’s departure in February put even more focus on Klopp as the club’s only real public figure.
Speaking about his role for the club, Moore said: “My job is to let him [Klopp] focus on what’s on the pitch and then let me take responsibility for what’s off the pitch and be the face of the club where it’s appropriate.
“Jurgen is still going to do all his news conferences – and there’ll be a lot more of them hopefully next season – but I want him to do what Jurgen Klopp does better than any other manager in the world in my estimation, which is to build and motivate a world-class team.”
Moore was also asked about Liverpool’s spending power this summer, with the likes of Virgil van Dijk and Alexandre Lacazette both linked with club record £50million moves, while other reports have said the club’s overall summer budget stands at £150million.
But Moore insists Liverpool won’t just spend because their rivals spend though, but that there are “tremendous resources” available at Anfield.
“This is not about if Chelsea spend a pound then we have to spend a pound regardless of the quality of the player we’re looking at,” he added.
“This is what I’ve done for 40 years. You look at a budget and what capital expenditure you can afford, which is going and buying something, writing a cheque for something, and then you look at your OPEX [operating expense], which is the paying for the upkeep of the asset, let’s say those assets are players here.
“This is less about an arms race for spending as much money as we can, it’s more about spending smartly. There are tremendous resources that are available for this club here. Our focus is to buy the right players, get the right value, strengthen the squad.
“Hopefully we’ve got a long season of European football ahead of us and, as such, that squad needs to be built to be able to take that on accordingly, particularly with the style of football we play.”