Jurgen Klopp topped off an exciting Sunday by hinting at fast moving transfer business for the club after watching Liverpool secure a top four finish.
The Reds boss was in high spirits after seeing his side overcome Middlesbrough 3-0 at Anfield to book their place in next season’s Champions League.
An inevitably busy summer transfer window was unsurprisingly a hot topic of conversation after the game and Klopp appeared pleased with how preparations have been going.
“We are already pretty much done. What do you think? Tomorrow I will sit with Michael Edwards and say ‘What do you think?’ What do we need?’ – most of the work is already done,” he told Liverpoolfc.com.
“Now we have decisions that need to be done, negotiations or whatever. But it’s all good and we are prepared and we will see what will work out and what won’t. There is no training in the next few weeks. We fly tomorrow night to Australia, we have a game, then fly back and the holiday starts for all of us.”
“I have a little bit of work to do, but I worked in my life properly when I was younger so it’s not really work – it’s a few phone calls and a little bit of talking about wonderful things like football, Liverpool and other things, so it’s good.”
Consolidating a top four spot marked significant progress for Klopp’s men and an achievement that promises to be key in attracting a number of talented players this summer.
Klopp will have the opportunity to bolster his squad in the hope of challenging for the Premier League title next season with Liverpool’s Fenway Sports Group owners set to hand the German the largest transfer budget in the club’s history.
Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk and RB Leipzig’s Naby Keita have been identified as big money targets with the Reds prioritising strengthening the spine of their team. It is also likely that a new left-back and further attacking reinforcements will be brought in to add to the squad’s strength in depth.
Getting business done early is always ideal and Klopp doesn’t appear to be waiting around.