Jurgen Klopp has made it clear he will not spend money as if he is in “Disneyland” despite Anfield hierarchy considering to increase their offer for Shakhtar’s Brazilian forward Alex Teixeira.
Liverpool chief executive Ian Ayre already offered a staggering £24.5million for the Brazilian sensation when he met Shakhtar officials face to face in Florida on Wednesday, but returned to UK with negotiations at stalemate right now.
It is believed the Ukrainian club demanding £38m for Teixeira whixh left Liverpool to weigh up their next bid after making an overhaul to their previous transfer plans due to recent injury crisis.
A deal for Teixeira succeeds then it would be the biggest money Jurgen Klopp has ever spent on a player. His biggest buy in Bundesliga was the £20million Borussia Dortmund paid for Henrikh Mkhitaryan in 2013 when Klopp’s former club see off Liverpool to his signature. But Klopp claims the greater resources at Anfield does not actually make the challenge facing him more straightforward.
Interestingly, despite bolstered with increased spending power now at his disposal at Anfield, the German manager insists he will not be an irresponsible person with funds as he thinks he certainly has a responsibility to make sure the Reds get proper value for money in the transfer market.
“You can’t just go we have money and throw it away and take any players you want,” he said. “It is always about the decision. You can sign a lot of rubbish with money or you can make really good decisions.
“We have money but we are not in Disneyland and say, ‘Come on, take what you want’. We have a budget, we work with it, we have a lot of things to do.
“The club is building a stand, things like this, this is for the long-term development of the club. Don’t stand still, don’t only live for now. This is for the future.”
Liverpool desperately need more firepower upfront, but as Daniel Sturridge, Divock Origi and Danny Ings are all set to come back from their respective injury lay-off, Liverpool’s German boss said he is now looking beyond the current January window.
Any major change to the team he inherited from Brendan Rodgers has been put on hold until the summer and he wants to make sure the pathway remains smooth and clear for the young guns of the club to progress and prove their credentials.
“Now there is no possibility to say: ‘do this, do that, take him away, bring him back’,” Klopp further stated.
“We can do two maybe three things, but the rest is for the summer. We cannot change everything now.
“We always have to think about the situation now and who possibly can help for the next three, four, five years. In the summer we will have to make decisions that is normal.
“But my job now cannot be to say: ‘I think in the summer we sell him and sell him’. I don’t think about it.
“I am interested in the development of the whole club. I am interested in the under-21, the under-18s.”
So it is quite clear, Jurgen Klopp doesn’t want to pay over the odds for a transfer target rather he remains calm and watchful.