Despite widespread comments from fans and pundits alike, Jurgen Klopp doesn’t believe he has to overhaul his Liverpool squad in the transfer market, the Echo report.
In fact, he’s very pleased with what he’s got to work with – praising the players for their ability, temperament, and importantly – claiming that the ‘bad’ signings are actually much better than the press has made out.
At Borussia Dortmund, Klopp quickly revamped his squad, but has no plans to do the same here.
“It is a completely different situation,” the 48-year-old began.
“They are all Liverpool players here. Decisions that were made in the past were not as bad as maybe some people think. It is not a coincidence they are here.
“When I saw the squad – when on my holiday – I thought ‘good job, I can work with this’.
“Yes, we have some injuries but players will come back. It’s a good squad. It’s even good for those players who can’t play in this moment to see how we work.
“Of course it is like this in a positive way where everyone says it’s a new chance and all the players feel more important than before.
“That’s normal after they’ve been judged for a few years. Everyone has judged them.
“I asked many people at LFC and they told me about him, him and him. I said ‘stop it, I don’t want to hear any more’.
“I said I didn’t want to hear about my players any more. I wanted to watch and start learning about them.
“They are all nice guys with big skills with big passion – all that we need and now we can work together.
“That’s all I want to do and not think of anything different.
“Everything is so bam, bam, bam…. next game, next game, next game. I enjoy all the games we have but I enjoy it more when we win.”
The comments are actually very refreshing. Brendan Rodgers used to claim he didn’t have the tools to work with (via the Echo) which would have only bred negativity from his squad.
In 2014 and 2015 we signed 16 new players in total, and it’s impossible that none of these are good enough, as Klopp states. It’s best now that we only sign one or two top, top players per window – than continual overhauls.
It’s great that he’s ready to work with and improve the current batch – and admirable that he gave the squad a clean slate from which to impress him. It’s clear that the likes of Lucas, Mamadou Sakho, Alberto Moreno and Roberto Firmino are doing just that.