Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has claimed that he would quit football if only the amount spent on the players was the sole factor deciding we will eventually win trophies.
The Reds’ arch-rivals Manchester United are now closing in on re-signing star midfielder Paul Pogba from Juventus for a speculated fee of £100million but the German tactician doesn’t believe in the approach of spending that much money on just one player.
Klopp has added Saido Mane, Georgino Wijnaldum, Joel Matip, Marko Grujic, Ragnar Klavan, Loris Karius and Alex Manniger to his squad for a combined outlay of £70m, a figure that pales when compared to the reported Pogba fee.
However, Klopp is not concerned with the heavy spending of other Premier League rivals and says he wants to adopt a completely different approach at Anfield.
“If you bring one player in for £100m and he gets injured, then it all goes through the chimney,” he said.
“The day that this is football, I’m not in a job anymore, because the game is about playing together.
“That is how everybody in football understands it. You always want to have the best, but building the group is necessary to be successful.
“Other clubs can go out and spend more money and collect top players. I want to do it differently. I would even do it differently if I could spend that money.
“I don’t know exactly how much money we could spend because nobody has told me, “No, you can’t do this.”
“If I spend money, it is because I am trying to build a team, a real team. Barcelona did it. You can win championships, you can win titles, but there is a manner in which you want it.”
Liverpool fans still have doubts about the team’s quality and depth, and they are not wholly convinced by what the club has added to the squad so far this summer. They believe in the manager, but they’d love to see him given a better set of cards to play with.
Fair enough. And in the interests of balance, it should be pointed out that there are plenty, too, who are positive about the new campaign, and believe the likes of Saido Mane, Georgino Wijnaldum, Joel Matip, Marko Grujic, Ragnar Klavan, Loris Karius can help correct the failings of last season and bring the club success.
But while the debate about finances, backing from the owners and diminishing expectations will continue – and so it should, by the way – Liverpool’s transfer strategy with Klopp in charge at least looks to have a clear plan, a clear direction. It also, crucially, seems to have the full support of the manager.