Jurgen Klopp has revealed that Liverpool are already working on a number of transfer deals for the summer as he bids to ensure he has a squad capable of competing on all fronts next season.
The Reds boss admits the scale of his business will depend to an extent on whether Liverpool qualify for the Champions League.
A lack of depth was exposed during the club’s January slump and Klopp is determined to bolster his options in order to help secure the first silverware of his Anfield reign.
According to The ECHO Bayer Leverkusen winger Julian Brandt is one of the Reds’ top targets.
There won’t be wholesale changes this summer but Klopp believes a number of top class additions will help take Liverpool to the next level.
“We are in talks with different people – players, agents, all that stuff,” Klopp told the ECHO in an exclusive interview at the club’s La Manga training base.
“Not a lot of decisions have been already made at this point. Why should they at this stage?
“But we are on the way. At the end I’m sure we will have a really good squad.
“We already have a good squad and a few more good players will make it even better. There’s a good base.”
Asked if Liverpool needed Champions League football in order to attract the players he wants, Klopp said: “I actually don’t think so but we will see.
“We don’t have to talk about the Champions League now because we are not even qualified.
“But of course if we are in the Champions League then it would have an influence. We would need a deeper squad and you have to be prepared for that. No question.
“Even with the league this season, we could have needed a deeper squad with the injuries we had. But we’re through that now.
“We will adapt our plans to the number of tournaments we play next year.”
There will certainly be fewer outgoings than last summer when 13 players departed – the joint highest exodus in Anfield history.
Klopp made six signings before the season started and then opted not to do any business in January – despite funds being made available – as none of his targets were available.
“We have a long-term plan but a few things will change because you always have to react to situations,” he added.
“We have to perform until the end of the season and then we will do a review, looking back on the good things and bad things. Then we will make final decisions.
“We don’t block opportunities, we don’t keep someone for just maybe one or two cup games.
“A few boys were among those who left last summer. I thought we gave them a really good education and they were ready to go somewhere else and play.”