Jurgen Klopp says that he believes 90 per cent of supporters back Liverpool’s transfer policy after making no significant signings this summer.
The debate over whether the club have been right not to strengthen from what many perceive as being a position of power as European Champions has dominated the thoughts of fans this summer.
Two teenagers and a replacement backup goalkeeper have been Liverpool’s only incoming business, but Klopp says that doesn’t mean the club weren’t looking at options.
“Nobody should think we did not look,” he told the Telegraph‘s Chris Bascombe. “It is not that we are not negotiating like crazy as well in these times, but finding the right solution is more difficult the better the team gets.”
The boss added that he thinks that most supporters back the policy of the club and that the few who don’t are just vocal fans on social media.
“Around 90 per cent of our people are with us with the transfer policy,” he said. “Ten per cent maybe not, but they are on social media. They are constantly worried.”
Klopp explained his thinking ahead of the new season, with the manager focussed on keeping together the current group for the long-term.
“Big teams stay together for a number of years,” he said, referencing Barcelona’s squad of “of five, six, seven years ago” and Man United‘s “class of ’92.”
Meanwhile, Bascombe claims that Liverpool were offered the opportunity to re-sign Philippe Coutinho, but turned down what would have cost the club around £100 million overall.
The Reds return to Anfield tonight, hosting newly-promoted Norwich City (8pm kick off). Sadio Mane is seeking to become the first Liverpool player in history to score in the opening league game of four successive campaigns.
The Senegal attacker though only returned to training with the rest of the squad on Wednesday after his involvement at the Africa Cup of Nations, so it could be that he’s among the subs rather than in the starting 11.