Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has explained why he didn’t feel it necessary to reinvest some of the £142m received for Philippe Coutinho in January.
To the surprise and disappointment of many, the Brazilian playmaker was allowed to depart Anfield for Barcelona in the middle of the season, and that disappointment turned to anger when it became apparent that there would be no new attackers brought in before the end of the transfer window.
Speaking to the media ahead of Liverpool’s Premier League clash with Tottenham this weekend, Klopp claims that it would have taken “completely crazy money” to land his January targets, and spending just for the sake of it rather than waiting until the summer when the market is calmer:
“Unfortunately our business is only from the outside that easy. You miss a player for a week and you think ‘okay, we need another player.
“Yes, we could have done something. But we need really the right thing. The right thing now, you don’t get. The 100% right thing, only for completely crazy money that really makes no sense. I’m not even sure that would work. And in the summer it looks different.
“That’s how it is. To do something just to have any solution that makes no real sense, to be honest.
“People obviously ask ‘bring him in’ because someone is injured and you need somebody else, but then the other one is coming again and you weaken both or the third one, it makes no sense.
“In this situation, you really need to stay cool. It’s more difficult when you’ve lost two games but you need to be serious still.”
Liverpool were heavily linked with a move for Monaco forward Thomas Lemar, but Monaco’s £90m led to Klopp cooling on the idea. The Reds are, however, expected to test Monaco’s resolve by going back in for the French international in the summer.
The Premier League side also attempted to bring forward the arrival of Naby Keita, but RB Leipzig were afamant that he would not be leaving the Bundesliga before his pre-arranged July transfer date.
Liverpool weren’t completely frugal in the market however, as amidst all of the talk of replacing Coutinho it tends to be forgotten that they started the transfer window by signing Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk for a club-record £75m.