Liverpool legend Ian Rush says Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp’s focus on bringing academy stars through will make him as successful as if he spent vast sums on new signings.
The Reds ended a 30-year wait for a league title this season, lifting the Premier League trophy on Wednesday.
However, Klopp has already faced questions about the potential of exciting new additions at Anfield next season. Indeed, the club’s reluctance to pay Timo Werner’s release clause fuelled such talk.
Klopp has insisted in recent weeks, though, that the financial impacts of the pandemic have skewed his side’s transfer plans.
What’s more, he has also boasted about the potential of youngsters such as Curtis Jones, Harvey Elliott and Neco Williams.
According to Rush, Klopp will still continue to breed success if he goes down the academy route as opposed to adding marquee signings.
“Werner is a great player and people said they should have got him but there is a reason they didn’t get him,” Rush told the PA news agency.
“I am sure he would have loved to come to Liverpool but I think Klopp is right in what he is doing. They should want to come not for the money but because of Liverpool Football Club.
“Liverpool have their principles and everyone wants to play for them but at the end of the day they have to be the right player.
“Look at the front three. Is someone going to come to play second-fiddle to them because I’d be surprised if anyone would get in front of those three?
“If you look at the defence the two full-backs are fantastic and you have [Joe] Gomez and [Virgil] Van Dijk. The midfield is fantastic.”
‘KLOPP RIGHT TO FOCUS ON YOUNGSTERS’
On the potential of Liverpool’s youngsters, Rush added: “The young players at Liverpool are doing a great job. Neco Williams coming in, Curtis Jones, Rhian Brewster on loan at Swansea, I think they are relying on the academy for players to come through.
“When they beat Everton in the FA Cup there were some quality players so maybe they don’t need to sign young ones any more, maybe it’s just signing an experienced one.
“But it’s difficult because if you’re going to pay £80million for someone you expect to start the season with them.”
Liverpool can finish the season on a club-record 99 points if they beat Newcastle at St James’ Park on Sunday.