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Jurgen Klopp plays down Liverpool’s summer spending plans

By James Richards

Published: 17:35, 13 July 2019

Jurgen Klopp has played down the idea that Liverpool will be spending big during the coming transfer window.

The Liverpool manager suggested the Reds would do some business but nothing too extravagant.

What business will Liverpool do this summer? Five key things to know…

  1. Liverpool finished 2nd in the Premier League last season and won the Champions League.
  2. They will have a difficult pre-season with Sadio Mane and their Brazilian players joining late.
  3. Last season they spent well over £100m on new talent.
  4. They have a number of exciting young prospects at their disposal.
  5. Klopp has suggested business will not be the ‘biggest’ this summer.

Liverpool are back in pre-season training ahead of the new Premier League season but will be missing some of their established stars due to international call-ups.

Sadio Mane’s Senegal have made it to the AFCON semi-finals where they face Tunisia. He will have to play at least two more games at the finals before he can return to join his teammates in pre-season.

The Brazilian players have also been in action this summer, winning the Copa America. Those that featured, including goalkeeper Alisson and striker Roberto Firmino, will not return until the week before the new season kicks off.

Despite this, Jurgen Klopp does not believe Liverpool will be having the most active of transfer windows.

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Speaking after the Reds 6-0 pre-season win over Tranmere, in which Rhian Brewster bagged a brace, Klopp said: “Rhian Brewster, Oxlade-Chamberlain didn’t play last year, all the young boys didn’t play for us last year. The transfer market is open. We will see what we do, but I don’t think it will be the biggest transfer window of all time.”

The German wants his squad to remain humble following last season’s European success and hoped that they can challenge for the Premier League title again.

“They should be happy and get confidence from it, but it is not like we are running around saying we are Champions League winners 24 hours a day. It looked tonight like they are all confident. During the season we have to go for winning something new and not look back. We want to play the best season we can play.”

The Liverpool manager admitted that it will be a difficult pre-season given the absentees but was pleased with the pre-season win at Prenton Park.

“It is a difficult pre-season for us – Sadio [Mane] is the [African Cup of Nations] semi-final which means he has two more games and will come late, the Brazilians have finally finished a 13-month season. We will not have a pre-season together just a week before we start the games. We looked tonight like we can find some solutions. It was a good sign for us, but we have to be better than last season.”

Liverpool start their new campaign at home to newly-promoted Norwich City.