Jurgen Klopp has discussed Liverpool’s summer transfer plans, saying he “doesn’t care” if players don’t want to join.
Klopp has overseen one transfer window since becoming Liverpool manager in October of last year, with the German signing only Marko Grujic permanently. The midfielder was loaned back to Red Star Belgrade as part of the £5million deal.
Southampton defender Steven Caulker joined on loan until the end of the season.
The Reds attempted to push through a deal for Alex Teixeira in the winter, but the Brazilian opted to move to the Chinese Super League instead.
Liverpool are eighth in the Premier League table after thrashing Aston Villa 6-0, and have the chance to win their first silverware since 2012 when they face Manchester City in the Capital One Cup final at the end of February. The Reds are also in the last 32 of the Europa League, where they take on FC Augsburg.
But turning his attention to the summer for a brief moment, Klopp discussed how Liverpool will conduct their business in the next transfer window.
“If a player only wants to come to us to play in the Champions League, short-term ideas are always silly,” he said, as quoted by the Daily Mirror. “I don’t like this. I don’t like it when players say ‘ah, but you’re not in the Champions League’. We want to GET you because we want to play in the Champions League.
“If you don’t want to help us, and want to jump on a running train, then go somewhere else.
“You need the right mentality and quality. That’s how it is. If there’s a player who won’t join Liverpool because we don’t play in the Champions League or will only join because we’re in the Champions League, that’s not for us.
“Liverpool is a big name in European football and for sure there will be a few players who will say ‘I want to play there’… well, until they get another offer from another club with a similar history and more money!
“‘But it’s 40 miles away from Liverpool so I can live in Manchester and play there and if I want to go to Liverpool I can go there instead’.
“There are a lot of players out there. We have to make the decision. If we can’t convince the player then we can’t. That’s because of other offers or different things.
“I don’t care. We will find players.”