Jurgen Klopp has continued to defend as Liverpool tackle their transfer deal after a summer of only one new player arriving as close rivals splashed the money.
The term “net spend” has closely followed the Reds under the ownership of FSG, with a sell-to-buy strategy that means Liverpool has been more conservative than others in the marketplace.
The prices for Alisson and Virgil van Dijk are outliers as the club is willing to spend big bucks on occasion but these were largely funded by the sale of Philippe Coutinho.
Now the pandemic losses – estimated at around £ 152million – don’t make for a liquid Liverpool, which instead focused on retaining its key players while players like Chelsea, Man United and Man City were spending big bucks this summer.
Ibrahima Konate was the only newcomer, much to the frustration of many, but Klopp reiterated that he had signed up for it and therefore not the topic as many see it.
“No, I am not surprised [Man United signed Ronaldo]”I was surprised, but it was a personal thing that Cristiano left Juve because I didn’t know it was going to happen,” said Klopp.
“Business clubs. My problem is of course my English, because every now and then I obviously annoy other managers without wanting to.
“I’m not interested, why should I? I say something I think it’s right and a few days later I hear someone reply and think, ‘Uh? Why is he on tiptoe? ‘
“To be honest, I don’t care what other clubs do.
“In a few weeks I’ll be here six years, I signed up for this trail when I got here.
“We were quite successful back then, not the most successful in the world, but quite successful. We won a couple of trophies that way.
“It is the same in all transfer windows. And it’s always the same that we’re then asked why you don’t.
“We thought it made sense to sign up our squad right now, and we did.
“It’s not as spectacular as anything else, but I can’t change that because you can’t just change for the circus.
“But other clubs have signed players, good. Now we’re going to play them and we’ll see what we can do.
The conviction of his words spoke more about the constant question of Liverpool’s transfers or lack thereof than the situation itself.