Liverpool could sign six players in the summer, says Jurgen Klopp
By Nick Lustig
Last Updated: 04/03/17 4:09pm
Jurgen Klopp does not expect any restrictions to be placed on Liverpool's summer transfer budget and has revealed he could sign up to six players ahead of next season.
The Reds have endured a dismal start to 2017, falling away in the Premier League title race and exiting both the FA Cup and EFL Cup after winning just two of their last 12 matches.
Klopp spent over £60m on six signings last summer, but did not bolster his squad in January despite losing Sadio Mane to the Africa Cup of Nations.
The Liverpool manager is anticipating further investment from the Anfield hierarchy in the summer as he attempts to mould a team capable of maintaining a sustained bid for silverware.
"The club have never said to me that a certain figure is too expensive; that has not happened yet and I don't expect it to happen," Klopp said ahead of Saturday evening's match at home to Arsenal.
"We all have the same plan, the sporting director, scouting department, owners, myself - we all want to make this club as successful as possible so we will spend money in the summer.
"Of course we have to improve the squad, that is clear.
"We could have done with one or two players in January, when we had injury problems and the Africa Cup, but the transfer window didn't give us any opportunity.
"We will be prepared for the summer window, for sure. We are working on it already - we might need between two and six players."
Liverpool sit fifth in the Premier League, a point behind Arsenal but having played a game more, leaving Champions League qualification in the balance.
The Reds have struggled to compete with the financial muscle of Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United in previous transfer windows and Klopp accepts the club may have to spend big in order to lure top players to Merseyside.
"We need to make the right transfers," Klopp said. "It is not about money - we can go for the players we want - but at the very top level, you might be competing with Barcelona or someone.
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"Some players would rather live in London or Manchester instead of Liverpool, so we have to make a decision and try and make it happen.
"It might not be possible to break even again; that just happened last season, it was not a target. There will be a few new faces in summer, that is how it is always."