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Jurgen Klopp promised funds for spending spree to bolster Liverpool squad

Chris Bascombe

Published 01/03/2016 | 02:30

Kopp has an interest in Gotze and Joel Matip
Kopp has an interest in Gotze and Joel Matip
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has been promised funding for a summer spending spree Photo: Reuters / John Sibley

Jurgen Klopp has been promised backing for a transfer spree to rejuvenate his Liverpool squad this summer.

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The manager will have more resources than any of his Anfield predecessors when he comes to revamp the under-performing side at the end of the season, with the League Cup final disappointment having underlined their limitations.

Liverpool have no set budget, but the impact of the new Premier League TV deal will give Klopp the money he needs to take the make-up of the side in any direction he deems necessary.

Although the German has spoken at length about giving the players he inherited an opportunity, that is not going to prevent significant moves in the transfer market.

Bayern Munich's Mario Gotze, who Klopp managed at Borussia Dortmund, is on the manager's list of targets, although it would take all his powers of persuasion to convince the German World Cup winner to move.

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Liverpool tried to sign Polish midfielder Piotr Zielinski - on loan to Empoli from Udinese - in January and will try to revive that deal.

Klopp is also interested in Leicester City's 18-year-old left-back Ben Chilwell, while a new goalkeeper and striker are also priorities.

With Joel Matip and Marko Grujic already secured for the start of next season, Klopp is set for a major rebuild. The repercussions for the current under-performers are clear.

Simon Mignolet recently signed a five-year-deal but might find himself relegated to No 2 by pre-season.

Full-back Alberto Moreno has failed to impress, and none of the centre-backs has stood out.

A glaring problem surrounds the future of striker Christian Benteke, who despite costing Liverpool £32.5mcould not find his way off the bench against Manchester City in the League Cup final. Divock Origi has shown promise but Klopp will not go into next season relying on the fitness of Daniel Sturridge.

He is targeting players of pace in attack, and needs a top-class centre-back. Liverpool's most impressive centre-half this season has been Lucas Leiva, a midfielder deployed in an emergency role.

Telegraph.co.uk

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