Last summer, Jurgen Klopp’s first end of season transfer window, Liverpool somehow registered a positive net spend.
We got more money for the likes of Christian Benteke, Jordon Ibe, Brad Smith, Luis Alberto, Joe Allen, Martin Skrtel and co, than we spent on Sadio Mane, Gini Wijnaldum and the rest.
Klopp chose not to spend a penny in January either, meaning since he arrived in October 2015, we’ve received more in transfer fees than we’ve shelled out – which is vastly different from our big spending rivals.
The Manchester clubs spend hundreds of millions on a yearly basis for example, while Chelsea are always prepared to break transfer records thanks to Roman Abramovich’s billions.
Klopp has claimed this wasn’t planned or encouraged by the owners – but that it just happened due to the amount of deadwood he had to offload.
This time around, it won’t be possible…
“Sporting director, scouting department, owners, myself, we want to make this club as big and successful as possible. We will spend money in the summer,” Klopp told the Echo.
“Will it be a similar transfer window as last summer when we broke even? I don’t think it’s possible. Again, it was not a target last season. We didn’t say: ‘Let’s see if we can do it.’ It just happened. It was a big squad and we tried to create more of a group which we thought would be enough. There will be a few other faces and that’s how it is always.”
It’s clear that Liverpool need a new left-back, a centre-back, a midfielder, a winger and a striker.
Getting players capable of stepping straight into the starting XI in these positions is paramount, but it won’t be cheap.
It’s a huge summer we have ahead.