Thursday 26 April 2018

Liverpool 'project' already back on track, insists Klopp

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. Photo: Adam Davy/PA Wire
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. Photo: Adam Davy/PA Wire

Chris Bascombe

Jurgen Klopp insists that Liverpool have the resources, the status and the power to go toe-to-toe with their rivals in the transfer market this summer as he looks to seal Champions League qualification.

The Merseyside club have featured in the elite competition just once since 2009, but Klopp senses the perception of Liverpool has changed during the last 12 months with more players seeing it as a favourable destination.

There is still no disguising the importance of tomorrow's visit of Middlesbrough - a season's work defined by whether Liverpool can defeat an already-relegated team and finish in the top four.

"I feel we are already back on track," said Klopp. "It should not sound disrespectful to the past. I really feel we are already on the way - we started already. Of course it is important that a club of our power needs to be at the top.

"The only problem is that England has so many top teams so you can always do a lot of things right and even then you are out.

"We feel comfortable with the things we can do and things we will do but decisions will be made about transfers in the next few weeks and maybe months.

"We will be stronger next year - that's good news. Unfortunately, the other teams will be too."

Klopp, who senses a shift in Liverpool's favour, added: "I can only speak from a German point of view of other clubs but Chelsea has the money, Man City is now coming up - wonderful players, big signings - Man United is Man United, but we are a really interesting project."

"Everyone can see from outside. The mood is different. The players are really positive this season compared to last season because they have seen our way, our football, and that is good.

"The Champions League would be the icing on the cake but that's it - not more. If Champions League is the only reason why a player is coming, it makes no sense for him or for us.

"It is important for players because that is what they want to play but it is the progress and development that really matters."

Klopp chose not to invest in January, but the resources are there to make significant moves in the summer. UEFA earnings could provide even more funds.

"For different reasons the Champions League is a wonderful competition," added Klopp. "You can earn a lot of money there - that's money we didn't have last year.

"We are a club without financial problems and we have money to spend but it makes sense to think before we spend and that is what we are doing.

"We are working not only on the pitch because my day is 24 hours and we have some good people around working really hard.

"The world is not full of players who will make us better immediately, but clearly there are a few out there and we have spoken to them." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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