Jurgen Klopp has launched a staunch defence of Liverpool’s recruitment policy, insisting the club are not run by ‘oligarchs’ and ‘countries’ – but will continue to be successful.
The Premier League champions’ only arrival so far this summer is Greek defender Kostas Tsimikas – a deal which was financed by the sale of Dejan Lovren to Zenit Saint Petersburg.
But Klopp is adamant the club will remain successful despite not boasting the same wealth as rivals Manchester City and Chelsea.
“We live in a world at the moment with a lot of uncertainty,” the German told Radio Five Live.
“For some clubs it seems to be less important how uncertain the future is. Owned by countries, owned by oligarchs, that’s the truth.
“We’re a different kind of club. We got to the Champions League final two years ago, we won it last year and became Premier League champions.
“[…] We cannot change it overnight and say, ‘so now we want to behave like Chelsea, now we want to behave like them.’
“That can be an advantage of course, but that means they have to fit together pretty quick as well.
“It’s not all about bringing in quality, you cannot bring in the 11 best players in the world and just hope a week later they will play the best football they ever will play.
Klopp continued: “It’s about working together on the training ground, that will probably be an advantage for us, we work quite a while with each other.
“I know people don’t want to hear that but we did it for our own club reasons. We always want to improve the squad but there are different ways.”
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