Liverpool put up a flat run against Chelsea in the Premier League on Saturday – a day after Jurgen Klopp made a detailed point about the Reds’ transfer policy
Liverpool’s flat performance in their stalemate against Chelsea on Saturday helped support Jurgen Klopp’s point about the club’s transfer policy.
The Reds failed to give the Anfield crowd much to shout about in their 0-0 draw early in kick-off. New signing Cody Gakpo struggled to make an impact and Liverpool needed Alisson to prevent Benoit Badiashile and VAR to rule out Kai Havertz’s early goal.
It was a drab affair that didn’t match the occasion of Klopp’s 1,000th game in charge. Liverpool are eighth in the Premier League standings, nine points adrift of the top four, and are winless in their last three league games.
Liverpool were without the injured Luis Diaz, Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino, while summer signing Darwin Nunez disappointed as a second-half substitute. Recent games and travel have underscored what Klopp has to say about the general state of play in the Premier League, where transfer spending is steadily increasing.
“I can’t see the investment stopping in the future and that means we have to do that too,” he said in his pre-match press conference. “We don’t talk about it now because it’s always a little different, but in general.”
Klopp went on to expand on his point, which was especially appropriate given Chelsea’s arrival on Merseyside. The Blues have spent heavily since Todd Boehly’s consortium took over in May, with the £87m signing of Mykhaylo Mudryk stressing their buying power.
“I believe in coaching, I believe in development, I believe in building a team and using those things 100 per cent, but while out there in the world the managers are very good, there are so many good managers out there, it’s crazy,” Klopp said. . “So they believe in that too, and if they start spending right and doing those things too, then you can’t not spend or you’re going to have a bit of a problem.”
He added: “It’s not worrying that other teams can spend, that’s probably a fact. We have to react to that too, but not only to that.”
Liverpool may not be spending nearly as much as Chelsea in the transfer market these days, but they’re not standing still either. Owners Fenway Sports Group paid an initial £37 million, which could rise to £45 million, to sign Gakpo from PSV Eindhoven.
The deal follows a club-record summer deal to sign Nunez, which cost an up-front fee of £64.2 million (€75 million) along with an additional £21.5 million (€25 million) in additions that are easy to come by. But FSG – who are trying to sell the club – are still far from spending their rivals.
However, Chelsea’s approach has been questioned by former Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard. “You look at January alone, they’ve broken their record again – what’s close to £150m? When will it stop?” he said on BT Sport.
“So are they going to have a positive six months until the end of the season or are they going to go and spend another £200m? I think there needs to be a bit of patience, there needs to be a bit of composure, relax and let the manager and coaching staff build something special. The way to do it is on a practice pitch with time, not having to add bodies and expensive players to the mix.