Jurgen Klopp, coach of Liverpool Football Club, the Premier League champion last season, said his team is “different” from some of its rivals in terms of player transfers, because it is “not owned by a specific country or by wealthy and influential people.”
In the current transfer period, Liverpool signed only one player, Costas Tsimikas, for 11.7 million pounds, while Chelsea spent about 200 million pounds to buy new players.
Klopp says the “uncertainty” caused by the spread of COVID-19 may be “less important” for some clubs.
The German coach pointed out that Liverpool achieved its successes “by preserving the identity of our club,” adding, “We cannot change that overnight and say: We want now to behave in the behavior of Chelsea.”
“Each club has its own circumstances, and everyone is going through a period of uncertainty in all parts of the world,” Klopp told the BBC.
“It seems that the uncertainty surrounding the future is not a concern for some clubs because they are owned by outside countries or wealthy individuals with influence – and this is the truth.”
“We are a different club. We reached the final of the Champions League two years ago and won the championship the following year and won the Premier League championship by preserving the identity of our club.”
Last summer, Liverpool signed a contract with Dutch teenager Sepp van den Berg, defender of PEC Zwolle, for 1.3 million pounds, and also included goalkeepers Adrian and Andy Lonergan in two free transfers. In January, the club signed a contract with Red Bull Salzburg striker Takumi Minamino, Japan, for 7.25 million pounds.
Liverpool won the Premier League for the first time in 30 years last season, ahead of closest rivals Manchester City by 18 points. As for Chelsea, it finished fourth, trailing Liverpool by 33 points.
Chelsea could not buy any player last summer because it was subject to a transfer ban imposed by UEFA, but the ban was cut in half in December, after the club appealed against the original decision, which allowed him to buy new players as of December. From last January.
Chelsea, coached by its former player Frank Lampard, bought Ajax striker Moroccan Hakim Ziyech for 33.3 million pounds, German Leipzig striker Timo Werner for about 48 million pounds, and attacking midfielder Kai Havertz from Bayer Leverkusen for 71 million pounds And between Chilwell, Leicester City defender, for 45 million. Paris Saint-Germain center-back Thiago Silva also joined the squad on a free transfer.
As for Manchester City, the Premier League summer runner-up last season, he bought defender Nathan Acke from Bournemouth for 40 million pounds, and Valencia’s Spanish striker Fernan Torres for 21 million pounds, but he sold his German striker Leroy Sané to Bayern Munich for about 45 million fairy.
Klopp referred to the superior performance of midfielders Naby Keita and Curtis Jones in the period following the closure, which was imposed in the face of the spread of the Corona pandemic, and that Minamino “changed completely” after adapting to his new club, which he moved to in January. He said these developments were among the reasons why Liverpool felt they did not need to buy more players in the summer.
Klopp also said he is focusing on improving the performance of his current players rather than buying new players.
He added, “We always strive to raise the level of the team, but there is more than one way to achieve this, one of which is to buy new players. The other way is to work together to enhance the strengths of the team and eradicate the negatives.”
But he said, “This is football … Nobody wants to talk about training, they just want to talk about transfers.”