Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has promised fans that the club is ready to spend big in the transfer market this summer.
The Reds are getting ready for a significant summer transfer window. Rebuilding their ageing midfield is the number one item on their priority list this summer, and potential reinforcements at centre-back are also on the wish list.
They reportedly target at least three new signings in midfield this summer and have been openly linked with Borussia Dortmund sensation Jude Bellingham. Chelsea’s Mount and Wolves’ Matheus Nunes are also on the Reds’ list.
With the likes of Naby Keita, Roberto Firmino and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all set to leave the club on free transfers this summer and James Milner and Jordan Henderson nearing the ends of their careers, there will be a great need in the midfield for Liverpool.
Meanwhile, in defence, the futures of Joe Gomez and Joel Matip are up in the air, with the latter likely to leave, given that he has just a year left on his contract. In addition, RB Leipzig powerhouse Josko Gvardiol, a boyhood Red, has been linked with a move to Anfield in the summer.
However, Klopp’s side face a massive fight for his signature, given that Man City is reportedly keen also. The Cityzens and Real Madrid are also hunting for Liverpool’s primary summer target Bellingham. Both clubs have more financial power than Liverpool and will easily out-bid them if it came to a bidding war.
This has left many Liverpool fans worried that their clubs will be outmuscled in the transfer market due to their financial strength. However, their manager Klopp has revealed he has the backing of owners FSG.
Speaking at a press conference on Friday ahead of Liverpool’s Premier League trip to Man City, Klopp refused to say whether Liverpool would be willing to pay more than £100 million ($124m) for a single player but offered hope to supporters desperate to see an overhaul at Anfield in the next transfer window.
Klopp told reporters: “I will not answer the question [of a £100m signing] because we never speak about these kinds of things. We will spend in the summer, that’s what I can say definitely. The club will spend in the summer, definitely. For who and how many and stuff like this, there is nothing to say about, really.”
Klopp also revealed that he and Liverpool’s transfer team spent the international break discussing transfer targets, and he said he is happy with how those conversations went.
“It’s actually the only thing we do during the international break, apart from having a few days off,” Klopp said. “I don’t plan training sessions as I don’t know who is coming back, how and when.”
Asked specifically about the time spent discussing a new sporting director and new signings, the Liverpool boss said: “It was good. On the player side, it was positive, I would say.
After travelling to Manchester City on Saturday, Liverpool are away to Chelsea on Tuesday before entertaining Premier League leaders Arsenal next Sunday.