Liverpool Manager Jurgen Klopp Happy With Summer Transfer Business
Jurgen Klopp maintains he is happy with the business Liverpool did in the summer transfer window and has shrugged off criticism over the positive net spend the club recorded.
Liverpool found themselves in the black when the window closed on Aug. 31 as Klopp trimmed the squad he inherited from Brendan Rodgers, letting 13 players depart the club on a permanent basis — receiving significant fees from the sales of Christian Benteke, Jordon Ibe and Joe Allen.
However, Liverpool did welcome seven new faces to Anfield this summer and the Reds boss is satisfied with his options for the season.
“Nobody has congratulated me [on returning a profit],” Klopp joked. “To be honest, I’m not interested in expectations and opinions from outside. We did our job and we all think we did it really good. Now we have to prove it.
“The thing is it was really busy and it should not be that busy. Our squad was not too small, not too big, but we found a few really good young players in this preseason where it was like ‘wow’. It’s maybe a little bit too early for them, but not much too early. They are close.
“I had to make hard decisions because we had too many players. If we couldn’t sell them then we did loans because that’s how it was. Otherwise we’d be standing here talking about thirty-something players. You have to make decisions.
“If you sell a player and he really performs for the next club you just say: ‘sorry, we didn’t see it or whatever’. You have to be ready for that.
“But a busy transfer window like that shouldn’t happen too often. And it will not happen. But we all agreed on this. I’ve been here 11 months now and this is what we needed to do in the summer.”
Liverpool take on champions Leicester City at Anfield on Saturday evening — the Reds’ first home game of the season due to the redevelopment of the Main Stand.
Klopp believes the Foxes’ title-winning campaign in 2015-16 is further evidence that spending money does not lead to guaranteed success.
“Leicester deserved it,” he added. “They were not a one-hit wonder or something. Everybody at a specific point thought they were strong and the team to beat. They stuck to their plan and didn’t think for a second about changing.
“You could ask whether against deep defending teams it’s a good idea to be counter-attacking but they have their set-pieces and shots from outside the area.
“You can develop quality and that is what Leicester did. They are really strong and hard to beat.
“I’m really looking forward to it — the first home game for a really long time. Let’s really go for it.”