Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool “are not in Disneyland”, and will work towards a budget on transfers.
Liverpool reportedly submitted a £24.6million bid for Shakhtar Donetsk forward Alex Teixeira earlier this week, but it is claimed that the Reds must up their offer to closer to £38million to sign the 26-year-old.
Marko Grujic represents Liverpool’s only signing of the January window so far, with the midfielder being loaned back to Red Star Belgrade for the remainder of the season.
Discussing whether his side will make a move for anyone with just over a week of the window remaining, Klopp has played down the chances of a big-money signing.
“We always have to think this situation now, who possibly can help, plus from next season on for three, four, five years,” said Klopp. “That is the situation. In the summer we will have to make decisions. We have to always think about the common and general situation.
“I am a normal, smart guy so why should I throw away money? I cannot say it is only money going somewhere else. We have money but we are not in Disneyland and say, ‘Come on take what you want’. We have a budget, we work with it, we have a lot of things to do.
“The club is building a stand, things like this. This is for the long-term development of the club. Don’t stand still, don’t only live for now. This is for the future. That is why I’m here.
“You are in the competition with all the teams who all have money. In Germany, we look to England and hear of a player changing clubs for £20m and think, ‘Oh my God!’. A £20m transfer in Germany is a real big one.
“Take the money to Germany and the Bundesliga and it is a big difference but here it doesn’t make a big difference. You have unbelievably strong players in each place, and expensive players in each team. Money is not the only issue.
“You can sign a lot of rubbish with money or you can make really good decisions.”
Only once before has Klopp signed a player for more than £20million. Borussia Dortmund signed Henrikh Mkhitaryan, then a target of Liverpool, for £23.6million under Klopp in 2013.