Jurgen Klopp is not worried yet by Liverpool’s slow progress in the transfer market this summer.
We’ve brought in Mo Salah and Dom Solanke, but have struggled to get deals for Naby Keita and Virgil van Dijk over the line.
When asked about whether FSG were backing him fully, Klopp informed supporters that they definitely were…
“100%. What else could I say? If they could make it quicker, you can imagine they would be here and trying. It’s not about money or something like this,” he told the Echo.
“Okay, I didn’t ask if I could buy Ronaldo or the other guys from Barcelona but I am absolutely fine with this.
“If I could decide alone, we would be complete from the last day of last season. (Clicks fingers). Done, shoot, there’s the new team,” he said.
“Thank you very much and all the rest. But that is dreamland and I am used to doing all the things.
“I can imagine if you are not involved it is annoying for fans. They think: ‘Oh my God! Nothing happens here! Everything happens there!’
“We cannot think like this. And in the meantime, we work together. We are working really hard, going out to Asia and all that stuff.
“We really feel good that we can keep the team together that played last season. What we do from now will help us to improve. I felt we already had a pretty good side last year, especially when everyone is fit and that gives me a good feeling.
“If I could decide alone, we would already have them because I like to have everyone here for the first day of training at the latest. But that is not possible any more and probably won’t be possible again in the world, especially in England. So why should I moan about it?”
For Liverpool fans now, it’s a waiting game…
Klopp is over in Asia with his squad for the pre-season tour, so will be focussing on getting his players ready for the coming campaign.
Ideally, he’d be able to blood his new signings and integrate them into the group – but this is looking less and less likely to be possible.
If we do sign van Dijk and Keita, they’re not going to have much preparation time for the new season, which is concerning considering we’ll have a crucial Champions League Play-Odd to play in August.