Jurgen Klopp curbs hopes of big Liverpool summer spending spree

Date published: Friday 8th February 2019 2:14

Jurgen Klopp has curbed any thoughts Liverpool fans had of another huge spending spree in the summer transfer window.

The Reds, who announced record financial results earlier on Friday, have made significant investments in players over the last few years with Mo Salah, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlaain, Virgil van Dijk and Alisson all arriving – the latter two on big fees.

But Klopp responding to the news of a record-breaking £125million profit before tax last year, poured cold water on talk that the Reds would be chasing more big-money signings in the summer, which culminated with a we’ll “make the best of it” line when talking about his current squad.

Klopp, who has been heavily linked with signing a replacement for Philippe Coutinho, said: “I’m not a massive numbers guy. Mike Gordon didn’t jump on me this morning and say the numbers are outstanding and let’s spend all the money.

“We didn’t just earn a lot, we spent some too in the last couple of years.

“It was always clear we had to change things for the better, and that’s what we did.

“We built a really strong squad for the future, unfortunately they are not all available at the moment. It’s a pretty strong squad built for the future an not only for the season. I hope we don’t need too much money in the next few years. If you have the right players in, you work with them and make the best of it.”

The previous financial record was set by Leicester (£92.5m before tax) the season after they won the Premier League and were in the Champions League.

Overall, the Reds’ financial figures for the year ending May 2018 show a rise of £85m on the previous 12 months, a year in which they had no European football.

Much of that was due to increased revenue both on and off the pitch from a run to the Champions League final in Kiev, where they were beaten by Real Madrid.

The financial statements show £137m came into the club from player transfers – the largest chunk being Coutinho’s January sale to Barcelona in a deal worth up to £142m – during the accounting period.

All was reinvested, plus more, as the club significantly strengthened their squad with the signings of Salah, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Robertson, Solanke and and Van Dijk, the latter arriving as the world’s most expensive defender at £75million.

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