Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp claims that the club are trying to attract quality over quantity this summer and has reiterated that he does not care what transfer business other clubs are doing.
So far Liverpool have added three players to their squad with Dominic Solanke, Mohamed Salah and Andrew Robertson all arriving.
Many of Liverpool’s rivals have been splashing the cash elsewhere, but the German has insisted that he is not at all bothered by the activity of other club’s in the transfer market.
Everton have been one of the window’s top spenders so far. Asked for his thoughts on their recruitments so far this summer, Klopp told the Liverpool Echo:
“First of all, I’m not interested in what other clubs are doing until we play them.
“So they can make the best business or the worst business, I’m not in it. I don’t know why they do the things they do, that’s why I’m completely fine.
“Yes, I heard, of course a few things that they have done. Strikers, good. Wayne Rooney, you don’t have to talk about. The centre-half came. Good. So a lot of really good business. Klaasen. So it’s all good.
“But, at the end of the day, just like us, they can only line up 11 players. Then we have to see what will happen. But all the teams have tried to get stronger.
“With Everton, usually derbies are really close games. I don’t think we have gone into any of the last few derbies thinking: ‘It’s only Everton.’ No. There is a lot of respect and if they’ve done good business, well done.
“But when we face them we still want to win.”
His answer was similar when asked about Manchester United.
“I’m not interested in what Jose Mourinho says. Why should I talk about Manchester United? Jose is talking about us, yes.
“Okay, we had a season like Man United the year before. I don’t know if anybody asked us how it feels.
“Sorry that we lost the final yes, that’s right. We played Sevilla, they played Ajax. That’s the difference.
“So we suffered during the season. Right. The Europa League was hard. Yes, Chelsea will feel also the difference, they played something like 13 players last season. But it’s also not my problem if they use only 11, well done.
“I don’t want to be part of this. I answer if you ask but I am not interested.”
Many have saluted the Reds for targeting such high profile players with Jürgen Klopp set to begin his first Champions League campaign as Liverpool manager in the next few months.
Asked whether he feels supporters should be encouraged by the quality of player that Liverpool are trying to sign this summer, Klopp said:
“I hope they are actually. I hope they do because there are a lot of reasons for it. After a season there is a summer break and everybody starts – and I’ve said this before – feeling that the transfer window is more interesting than the league.
“People think: ‘Oh we are winning already’ – but unfortunately after the transfer window you have to carry on playing. That’s what I am most interested in.
“It doesn’t mean we don’t want to bring players in. We’ve always brought players in. Wonderful players like Wijnaldum.
“Maybe people know why I’ve said we are not doing too badly. Joel Matip. Again, Sadio. A lot of good players already. But, it was not like – I don’t know – Ibrahimovic, Lukaku and others. Does that mean we can’t do it? I have no idea. We will see.
“We want to do the right thing and not calm the people down with a big signing and everyone will think now you have to win the league, then its: ‘Oh, obviously you can’t’.
“So that’s why I’m completely fine. We want to do a lot but not a lot in numbers, only a lot of work to improve this squad with training and different players.”
Left-back Andy Robertson completed his move to Liverpool late last week. When the deal was confirmed, Klopp said that he ‘loved Robertson’s story’ as a player who has only being playing professional football for a few years.
The ex-Dortmund boss, who has shown since he arrived at Liverpool that he is very capable of improving players, is extremely positive about the prospect of working with Robertson and believes he can develop the Scottish international’s defensive capabilities.
“We will see what happens but I really like, for example, the kind of project like Andrew Robertson.”
“He is cool, he is not too long in professional football. He played outstandingly well at Hull but people have said ‘In defensive one-on-ones he is not that good.’
“That’s not a problem. I can’t teach him playing football because he is already good at that but I can teach him how to deal with one-on-ones because I could do that and I was a really bad footballer.
“So, its possible and doing the next step, things like that should still be possible.”