Few seem to have as much disdain for transfer season as Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp.
The German has long preached the values of improving players rather than replacing them, adamant that diving into the market will not solve all of a team’s problems.
It comes as the apparent need for reinforcements has flared up again – Liverpool’s lacklustre performance against Burnley at the weekend, coupled with the fact that they have now made a profit this year following Christian Benteke’s sale, has led many fans to question why Klopp has not pushed ahead with even more signings.
It is, however, a topic that Klopp does not want to get into. Speaking to the media today ahead of Liverpool’s EFL Cup match against Burton Albion on Tuesday night, the 49-year-old admitted that he can’t wait until the window closes and all of the speculation stops for a few months.
“I really wait for the day when finally the transfer window is closed, because I can’t believe how obsessed you all are with this,
“You don’t believe for a second in improvement on the training pitch. I understand that Arsenal was not a perfect game – we scored four so obviously we can score goals, but we conceded three so obviously we have a defensive problem.
“Then we play at Burnley, we have 81% possession but cannot score a goal so now you can say we need another striker if you want. It makes sense that we think about these things apart from the results.
“I’ve said always, up until August 31 everything is possible because these things can happen, but in this moment it’s not that we have a main thing to, or a preferred position to make signings. We are very professional, very clear and always working.
“There is nothing more to say about this, what will happen we will see. I don’t know in this moment, but we don’t have a preferred position for transfers.”
Liverpool have signed six players this summer, for a combined total of £62m, but the problem at left-back is one that a large amount of supporters have become worried about. Alberto Moreno’s displays have been widely criticised, but Klopp has insisted that there was nobody available that would have fit the style the play is trying to implement at Anfield.
The window closes in nine days time, and while Liverpool are not necessarily done in the transfer market just yet, don’t expect the club to panic buy in the last few days before the deadline.