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Klopp offers transfers update and hints at what's next for squad

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Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool are set for a quiet transfer window as the club continues to operate in the aftermath of the coronavirus crisis.

The Reds were confirmed as Premier League champions last week after Manchester City's defeat at Chelsea left them mathematically unable to overhaul the 23-point advantage at the summit for Klopp's side.



With just 31 games played, it is the quickest a team have ever won the title in its Premier League guise but the latest in the calendar, given the three-month suspension of football from mid-March.



With no TV money or gate receipts coming into the club during that pause, the Reds opted against making a move RB Leipzig star Timo Werner as he joined Chelsea in a deal worth around £50million earlier this month.



And Klopp has said that the club are likely to cut their cloth accordingly this summer as they work through an uncertain period dictated by a worldwide public health crisis.

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But the Liverpool boss is convinced he has the squad at his disposal to improve next term as he hinted at the development of a handful of the club's highly-rated teenagers.

"COVID has of course influenced both sides with ins and outs, that is completely normal," Klopp said. "It's just not likely that it will be the most busy summer in the world. But maybe at a later point in the year, if the transfer window is still open, we will know more. But this squad...look at it.

"It is not a squad you have to change now and say 'OK, we need this position and this position'. If you are a football supporter, you want a backup for him and him, even if you are completely happy with everyone, you want backups. We have a lot of...we don't have a first XI, I say we have a first 16 or 17, they can all play to the same level.

"But we have to use this, 100 per cent. And what we want to create are our transfers internally. So now, the first glimpses of Neco Williams, people may have seen him against Arsenal and said 'ah, yes, nice game, he fights a lot'.

"But if [elite development coach] Vitor Matos was not here, he would not be here because he has helped a lot. So bring the boys up. But from the other side, Curtis (Jones), Harvey (Elliott), Ki-Jana (Hoever), Sepp (van den Berg), Yasser (Larouci), Leighton (Clarkson), Jake (Cain), all these boys, they have done really well. And a few I don't know yet but I will know them."

Since Alisson Becker arrived in July 2018, Takumi Minamino is the only senior player who has signed for a transfer fee with the Reds triggering his relatively modest £7.25m clause at Red Bull Salzburg in January.

Last summer, free agent Adrian was signed as a replacement for Simon Mignolet as teenagers Elliott and Van den Berg joined from Fulham and PEC Zwolle, respectively.

But Klopp says Liverpool won't be plundering huge amounts in the market later this year as they look inwards to find improvements for their defence of the Premier League title.

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Klopp added: "We cannot spend millions and millions and millions because we want to or we think it is nice to do. We never wanted that. We want to strengthen this squad and this squad is strong. The problem with a strong squad is how do you improve a strong squad on the transfer market?

"It works with money, obviously, that is possible. But it never works only with money. You have to be creative and we try to be creative. We try to find solutions internally. And there is still a lot to come. We have three or four players who can make big, big steps. All players can make steps and that is the pressure we make as well, internally.

"So we have these discussions internally and you asked me if I will find solutions and the transfer market and you are right, we did that, 100 per cent. But a lot of the players over the years, we have done smart business and brought some good players in but then something on the training pitch and that is not finished yet.

"People will be afraid that these boys will get lazy. These boys, like they showed at Crystal Palace, they cannot get lazy. It is just not in their nature. I am still here and have a little word with them and convince them before and after we play.

"We will not stop. This is a very special year and usually I would be on holiday now at this time, I have never played football in June, maybe for pre-season but I feel completely charged."

And while some may feel the club are missing out on an ideal chance to build from a position of strength, Klopp is relaxed about the prospect of his top stars remaining at Anfield for the foreseeable future.

Of virtually all the first-team squad, only Gini Wijnaldum is approaching the end of his deal with the Dutch midfielder able to leave the club on a free transfer next summer, as things stand.

Klopp expects his top stars to stay put at and continue to hone their legacy after adding the UEFA Super Cup, Club World Cup and Premier League to the Champions League they collected in Madrid 12 months ago.

"I am very confident that we can keep the team together, but all the rest of the planning is ongoing without knowing," Klopp said. "It is just that we have no idea at the moment. I don’t know when the new season will start. Nobody knows how the future will be, which is very strange.

"Three months ago nobody knew anything about how it would be and now we act a little bit like everything will be fine again. It is a little bit early to guess that. And in football now we get confronted with how much do you want to spend? How much can you spend if you don’t know how much you can have?

"That is exactly the situation. We talk but we not really things to talk about. The situation is like it is. What I can say is this team will not stop wanting it, that doesn’t mean we get it. Everyone will see that we want to be successful again and that is how we did it all the time. That is how we will do it.

"I am 100 per cent sure about that but i don’t know exactly what the result of that will be because other teams will obviously with or without signings improve as well and that makes life even more difficult."


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