Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp admits the authority to sign players in the transfer window is not his but the people who hold the purse strings.
Klopp was asked to clarify exactly what that meant at his press conference ahead of the FA Cup fourth-round tie at Manchester United and he said: “Of course somebody else is making the decisions. It was always like this.
“We discuss the situation pretty much on a daily basis, could we improve something or not and we make recommendations but I cannot spend the money. I never did.
“I don’t want to confuse anybody. I just said what I said.”
It’s certainly interesting that Klopp has decided to highlight his role in the club’s spending at this current time. Their form of late has been awful and the defeat to Burnley leaves the champions six points behind leaders Manchester United.
Klopp though said last night, that transfers were not his focus.
“But that is not something I am thinking about. It’s just with this group we can play much better. That is my concern,” said the German.
“That is what I am thinking about. The confidence is not on the highest level, that is so obvious, you can see it in the matches and specific moments.”
Man Utd test
Klopp’s men face Manchester United in the FA Cup on Sunday at Old Trafford, looking to right the wrongs of Burnley.
“We go again. No doubt about that. I said what I thought after the game,” said Klopp.
“When things don’t work out as we want them to then there’s an issue. The issue is that I didn’t tell the boys things clearly enough. I have to change the way I tell the boys (these things).
“We want to win the game, that’s clear. The game will be decided on the night. That’s how we will make the line-up.
“When you don’t like a situation, you have to change the right things. I like to say and see that in each match there is a chance. I spoke to my players last night and will do again today, it’s not for a press conference what I will say to them.
“We want to go through and for that we have to play really well. United are in a really good moment.”