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Klopp cautious on transfers but vows Liverpool have strengths money cannot buy

SoccerNews in English Premier League 21 Jul 2020

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Jurgen Klopp has warned Liverpool’s rivals his title-winning team possess qualities that money cannot buy as spending sprees begin in the Premier League. 

The biggest early movers in the transfer market have been Chelsea, bringing in Hakim Ziyech from Ajax and Timo Werner from RB Leipzig, with Kai Havertz also linked with a possible Stamford Bridge switch. 

Manchester City may be poised to strengthen now they are assured of Champions League football next season, while Manchester United have been linked with a big-money move for Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho. 

Liverpool, by contrast, appear reluctant to back up their 2019-20 return to the top step of English football with a major splash-out. 

Chelsea visit Anfield on Wednesday, with Liverpool due to pick up their trophy after the match, and the Blues sit a distant 30 points behind their hosts going into the game. 

Klopp looked back on Liverpool’s hard-fought 2-1 win at Stamford Bridge earlier in the season and suggested the wide gap between the teams was in a sense misleading, albeit a product of Liverpool’s collective desire and spirit. 

“There’s not a 30-point gap. They can really play football, but my boys were resilient like mad and they put absolutely everything into the game and that was the difference. I don’t know if you can buy that in the transfer market, these kind of things,” Klopp said. 

“We needed to build this as well and that needed time obviously. And it’s not about spending. It’s about having the right team for next season, but always based on your own situation. 

“We cannot buy because other teams buy, we cannot buy because everyone wants us to. We can buy if we have the money for it and if we have the need for it. Then we will be there. 

“If one of these things is not there, then we will not and we will go again. We will not use it as an excuse.”

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