Jurgen Klopp insists Liverpool will have no problem going head-to-head with Manchester clubs by spending big again this summer.
The Reds pocketed £142m from the sale of playmaker Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona in January. But before even selling the Brazilian, we broke the club’s transfer record by spending £75m on Virgil van Dijk, making him the most expensive defender in the world.
And after spending heavily to shore up the defence, Klopp is not afraid to spend again in the summer transfer window to go shoulder-to-shoulder with Manchester United and Manchester City.
“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,” Klopp was quoted by the Telegraph.
“This club will do what we have to do. The owners are ready for that. That was the sign for it but it doesn’t mean we only spend in this [expensive] category.
“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, it’s not the value of the player.
“The transfer fees only jumped in the last year. We cannot say the exact numbers but was it £40m for Mo Salah? I would say that’s decent money but it looks like, ‘what’s that?’
“Everybody asks Roma, ‘How can you do that?’ That’s strange.”
Klopp believes in bringing quality players if the price is right and remains against the constant chopping and changing of the squad.
“It still needs to be the mix of bringing in the new player and letting the group grow,” he added.
“That’s how it is. 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 nobody is waiting for the long term.”
If Liverpool are thinking of spending big in the summer, Klopp has to start laying the groundwork from now on. Identification of targets is indeed important, which I feel our gaffer and the board have to simply begin working on.