Jurgen Klopp has continued to deny that Liverpool will ever spend over £100m on one player amid links with Borussia Dortmund star Jude Bellingham, but has promised that the Reds will spend significantly ahead of the new season.
The Merseyside outfit have endured a tough season to date, currently sitting outside the Champions League places and in danger of missing out on European football altogether should they be unable to find any form in the back end of the season, with tricky games against Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal to come.
And much of the scrutiny has been on recruitment, with midfield viewed as a key area of improvement this summer and Borussia Dortmund star and captain Jude Bellingham viewed as a central focus.
But, the German outfit have slapped a hefty £132m price tag on his head, meaning that any deal would have to break the Liverpool transfer record, the Premier League transfer record, and the record for the most expensive Englishman of all time.
Klopp has previously railed against the idea of excessive spending, in the wake of seeing rivals Manchester United and City spend excessive amounts, and has once again seemingly ruled out spending that much on a single player.
“£100m on one player? We never speak about these things”, the German boss explained. “But we will spend in the summer…. that is what I can say. Definitely”
“The club will spend in the summer. For who, and for how many, there’s nothing to say about that”.
And Klopp admitted that a major rejig was needed.
“I am long enough in the business to know how these things develop. It’s clear after a specific amount of time that you need to shuffle things and kind of start anew.
“That is completely normal, it happens all the time, it’s just rare nowadays that it happens with the same manager because people realise when you sack a manager and bring in a new manager, things change and you readjust the squad. After seven years it was clear that we have to do it.”
The likes of Mason Mount, Moises Caicedo, Matheus Nunes and Manuel Ugarte have all been linked with a move to Anfield this summer, and would all prove cheaper than a move for Bellingham.