If Jurgen Klopp has been guilty of anything since the turn of the year, it’s perhaps having too much faith in Liverpool’s squad.
He’s trusted the group of players that did so excellently early on this campaign, but they’ve undeniably let him and the fans down, winning just once in ten games since January 1st.
Supporters were crying out for signings to be made during the transfer window, which is now of course closed, but none arrived – despite poor performances, results and injuries.
According to the boss, this was solely down to him and his backroom staff deciding not to spend the money FSG made available to them.
“What’s very important, never blame anybody else for your own mistakes,” Klopp told the Echo. “That’s not the case.
“I cannot change my answer only because we played bad football. I cannot say ‘yes it would be fantastic if the club gave me the opportunity’, we had from the club side the opportunity to do something but we didn’t find the right players.
“That’s because the players were not available.
“We tried different things, it’s not a money issue or whatever different reason,” Klopp admitted. “I take everything. If you say now ‘not enough players, not good enough players’ I have to take it.
“We have to show the reaction but it will not change my answers because of things like this after a game which I’m not happy about.”
We did go for Julian Draxler and Julian Brandt, but the former was offered bigger money at PSG and the latter was ‘unavailable’, although we just think that means we were not keen to pay the required price-tag.
What’s clear now is that we need reinforcements come the summer. Out wide, up top, in the middle and at the back… Unless the current bunch sort it out though, we won’t have Champions League football to offer prospective targets.