Jurgen Klopp insists he will have money to strengthen Liverpool’s squad this summer – but admits they could miss out on targets if Manchester United or Chelsea come in.
The Reds have seen their season fall apart at the seams during a disastrous 2017, where they have gone from title challengers to facing a huge struggle to qualify for the top four.
Much has been made of the Reds’ lack of strength in depth, while there have also been questions raised about owners FSG, with Klopp having brought in more money from sales than he has spent on incoming players during his 17 months in charge at Anfield.
But Klopp insists he will have funds available this summer.
“I will have the money, that is for sure,” the Liverpool manager said. “We all have the same plan – sporting director, scouting department, owners — we want to make this club as big and as successful as possible.
“We will spend money in the summer, of course. Will it be a transfer window with even a transfer record? I don’t think it’s possible again.
“It was not a target last season. We didn’t say, ‘Let’s look if we can do it.’ It happened because it was a big squad and we tried to make it more a group, which we thought would be enough.
“But we will be prepared and we will be ready for the summer for sure.”
Klopp was asked if he’s match the likely spending at both Manchester United and Chelsea, or whether they would compete with those clubs for the same players.
But in a guarded response he told The Times: “Can we go for exactly the same player as Manchester United if they make an offer, or Chelsea makes an offer, does it make sense to jump in? I don’t know,” said Klopp, who will try again for the Bayer Leverkusen winger, Julian Brandt, having been rebuffed by the German club for the 20-year-old in January.
“So, is it then about money or is it because people think Manchester is a nicer city, or I want to live in London instead of Liverpool? I don’t know. We have to make the decision apart from what the other clubs want.
“We have to make the decision and if then the club come to me and say that’s too expensive — which didn’t happen until now and I don’t expect it will happen – then I have to accept it because that’s how it is. But I really don’t think it will happen.”