Jurgen Klopp does not plan to have a huge transfer budget this summer to improve Liverpool’s performance and challenge Manchester City for the Premier League title next season.
All clubs have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and the lack of fans in stadiums, with Liverpool losing about £120 million in sales over the last year.
This will have a major effect in the summer transfer market, with Klopp predicting that no club will be able to afford world-class players like Erland Haaland, Jadon Sancho and Kylian Mbappe.
Liverpool will suffer yet another financial setback if they fail to qualify for the Champions League.
When asked about his transfer plans, Klopp said:
“Not a lot, anyway. If we don’t play in the Champions League that wouldn’t help obviously but it is not our biggest problem because the market will be really strange.
“I hear a lot about big money moves – is Mbappe going or not, Haaland, Sancho – I don’t see that happening because the football world is still not in the same place it was before.
“People talk about changing the football structure completely – like the German model – but I can tell you the budget will go down massively so [fans] having more say in the club’s decisions, changing the owner model, and then signing in the same moment Haaland for £150m – that doesn’t work together.”
On the plus side, Klopp claims that getting long-term injured players like Virgil Van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Joel Matip, and Jordan Henderson back healthy for next season would be like recruiting new players.
“Getting the injured players back makes us already better,” he added. “These are our first ‘transfers’.”
Van Dijk has ruled out playing for the Netherlands in the European Championship next month to focus on being fit to play for Liverpool next season.
Following Manchester United’s loss to Leicester, Jurgen Klopp revealed he texted Pep Guardiola and midfielder Ilkay Gundogan – who played under him at Borussia Dortmund – to congratulate them on reclaiming the title from Liverpool.
“When you bring together financial resources and football knowledge then you have a good chance of creating something special and that is obviously the case with City,” he said. “They have an incredible squad and the best manager in the world so it makes a good recipe.”
Klopp refuses to blame Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for playing a weak team in Tuesday’s loss, which made Liverpool’s chances of reaching the top four even more difficult.
“I expected the line-up and I would have done the same,” he said. “Being told to play Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday is a crime. If we don’t make the Champions League it is not the fault of Ole or his players.”