Jurgen Klopp will not be fazed by the spending power of Liverpool’s rivals this summer, and has insisted he can still improve his existing squad regardless of signings.
It could be that plans for the transfer market, such as a proposed move for RB Leipzig defender Ibrahima Konate, hinge on whether or not Klopp’s side finish in the top four.
But the manager believes there is enough quality in his current squad to be “the team who nobody wants to play against” again next season, whether or not they can match the spending of Man City, Man United and Chelsea.
“Whatever we do, or not do, in the next transfer window, for sure we’ll not use it as any kind of excuse,” Klopp told reporters.
“We did what we did in the past with the way we did it; when there was money, we spent it, when there was no money, we didn’t spend it.
“Here we are. That’s how it is. Yes, I’m very happy with my squad. Very, very happy.
“Could this squad improve? Yes, like each squad could. Is that affordable? I don’t know. Is it necessary? I don’t know.
“Whatever happens, we will see. I don’t know in this moment, to be honest. We have to make decisions, in and out. It’s normal in the summer.
“But there’s a moment in the pre-season where I hope then we have the team together that will go through the season, and that moment we work on that.
“We are able to be a really uncomfortable opponent, that’s the most important thing.
“We might not be the best team in the world at the start of the season, but we want to be again the team who nobody wants to play against because we are that good. I think that’s possible.
“I really think my responsibility is to improve the team without signings as well.
“Our players are all high-quality players, we have everything: experience, we have players in the best age and we have youth.
“So that’s good, and that’s my main focus in the moment. The rest, really, we have to see. But whatever clubs are doing will not influence our business, for sure not.”