Jurgen Klopp has stressed that money is not an issue for Liverpool, as he plots to add up to six new faces in the summer transfer window.
But despite some key additions ahead of the current campaign, Klopp found himself short in January.
And the failure to replace Mane while the winger was at the Africa Cup of Nations has seemingly undermined Liverpool’s title charge, putting more pressure on the upcoming window.
According to Klopp, he and his recruitment team are already setting deals in motion, with no deal “too expensive” for the club.
“We could have done with one or two players in January, when we had injury problems and the Africa Cup, but the transfer window didn’t give us any opportunity,” he explained.
“We will be prepared for the summer window, for sure. We are working on it already—we might need between two and six players.
“The club have never said to me that a certain figure is too expensive; that has not happened yet and I don’t expect it to happen.
“We all have the same plan, the sporting director, scouting department, owners, myself.
“We all want to make this club as successful as possible so we will spend money in the summer. Of course we have to improve the squad, that is clear.”
One issue that Liverpool have been confronted with in recent seasons is the inability to compete with clubs in more favourable positions—either on the pitch or geographically.
A clear example of this is Arsenal‘s Alexis Sanchez, who opted to move to London over Merseyside in 2014, as the Reds searched for a replacement for Luis Suarez.
This leaves Klopp and his backroom needing to more inventive in the market, but the German is confident he can still find the right players.
“We need to make the right transfers. It is not about money—we can go for the players we want,” he continued.
“But at the very top level you might be competing with Barcelona or someone.
“Some players would rather live in London or Manchester instead of Liverpool, so we have to make a decision and try and make it happen.
“It might not be possible to break even again; that just happened last season, it was not a target.
“There will be a few new faces in summer, that is how it is always.”