After completing one year at the helm, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has opened up about his transfer policy at Anfield.
One year from Saturday, Jurgen Klopp took up the managerial role at Liverpool. The club were in doldrums as the German’s predecessor Brendan Rodgers endured a torrid start to the 2015/16 season. After finishing runners-up to Chelsea in the previous campaign, it was far from the response the board wanted from their Welsh manager.
Klopp, who was recently relieved from his job at Borussia Dortmund, happily obliged to take up the reins at Anfield. While it was his first time managing in the Premier League, the fans were blooming with optimism.
And with good reason. The German revolutionised a rather hapless looking unit, and began to impart his philosophy on them. The players duly responded to the manager and began to play with an air of positivity. They began to play attacking football at higher tempo, and soon looked like a team to be reckoned with.
While the league title was a long shot, Klopp managed to guide the Reds to the UEFA Europa League as well as the Capital One Cup final. Now, after spending 365 days at Liverpool, the German has explained his transfer policy.
Speaking to Andy Kelly of the Liverpool Echo, the German explained the type of players he signs and how the scouting process actually goes about. Klopp stated:
“Like in a specific way of course, they have to fit in a team, that’s how it is. We are so often, so long in the day together, it’s based on sense, you always think ‘oh my god what a footballer but please’.
“First of all it’s all about football skills, abilities, but it’s very complex. But at the end you have to accept you can never do what everybody wants, I learned that pretty quickly”
In his first transfer window in charge, Klopp purchased Marko Grujic and loaned in Steven Caulker to see out the rest of the season. But, in the market that opened this summer, the German was extremely busy as he roped in a total of six new players, and saw another eight players return from loan.
His new inputs have seemed to have had a positive impact on the team as the Reds find themselves sitting in fourth place on the table, with five wins from their first seven games.