Klopp makes Liverpool promise over owners’ spending intentions

James Marshment

Jurgen Klopp fully expects to spend big money this summer after claiming Liverpool’s owners FSG want to bankroll a Premier League title tilt next season.

The Reds shattered their transfer record to bring in £75million defender Virgil van Dijk and the towering Dutchman has quickly become a mainstay of Klopp’s side.

The Reds are also set to welcome Naby Keita from RB Leipzig in the summer for a fee of around £58million – and the manager fully expects the club to be shopping around for more of the game’s top talents.

“This club will do what we have to do, the owners are ready for that,” Klopp said.

“That (Van Dijk) was the sign for it but it doesn’t mean we only spend in this category.

“We cannot say the exact numbers, I don’t even know them, but was it £40million for Mo Salah?

“I would say that’s decent money but now it looks like ‘what’s that?’. Everybody asks in Rome ‘how can you do that?’. That’s strange.

“When the player is the right player it is not important how expensive he was. He needs to fit in the team, that’s why we paid the price for Virgil.”

In the past, Liverpool have pulled the plug on certain deals when the price has started to rise – Alex Teixeira, once of Shakhtar Donetsk, being the obvious example.

But Klopp says it was he who pulled out of that deal and insists the club’s owners are prepared to spend what it takes if a player becomes available and is seen as helping strengthen the side ahead of a push for the title next season.

“We agreed all on that,” he said, referring to the Teixeira deal. “It was not the club. It was not like they said ‘no, you can’t do that boss’. It has to be right,” Klopp added.

“You can’t say you want a player, they give you a number and you say ‘right, we will pay that’. That’s not how it should work.

“We all need to stay kind of serious, even if in other countries they try to solve their problems with the next big signing, then the next big signing.

“It still needs to be the mix of bringing in the new player and letting the group grow.

“If you always change four or five positions, it’s wrong. You don’t make the team better. You can make it better in the long term but in the long term nobody is waiting for it.

“It’s all about timing, doing the right thing at the right moment. If the player is the right player this club will pay big money. If it’s not the right player, if it’s not the value of the player in our minds, then you can’t pay it.”


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