Jurgen Klopp has attempted once again to alleviate concerns over Liverpool’s perceived lack of transfer activity.
The Reds have signed two players so far this summer, with Dominic Solanke and Mohamed Salah arriving from Chelsea and Roma respectively
Both are forwards however, and the club are more in need of defenders as they embark on a season back in the Champions League.
The manager has identified two key targets – Naby Keita of RB Leipzig and Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk – and is reluctant to pursue other players.
Klopp’s summer gamble may yet pay off, but there is every chance it will not.
“We pretty much have all what you need,” he said at the weekend amid concerns. “But at the end it is still business, whether you have the money.
“You go out and see the car that you have been dreaming about your whole life. You say ‘here is the money’ but they say to you ‘I don’t want to sell the car’. You say ‘but I have got the money!’ but they say ‘I don’t want to sell.’
“Things like this happen in life, not only football. It is not about this. They say ‘go for another car in another colour’ but you say ‘that’s ok but I want this’. It is pretty simple. You can imagine how it works. It is not that we are doing something that other clubs aren’t doing. Or we are more silly or they are more smart.
“We have the money, we have different things but it is still like this. We want to have the right things (and not) just do something. It is not about a number. It is about how it fits together. We will see. If they (Liverpool’s owners) could make it quicker, you can imagine they would be here and trying. It’s not about money or something like this.’
“If I could decide alone, we would be complete from the last day of last season. It would be done, shoot, there’s the new team. Thank you very much and all the rest. But that is dreamland and I am used to doing all the things.
“I can imagine if you are not involved it is annoying for fans. They think ‘Oh my God! Nothing happens here! Everything happens there!’
“We cannot think like this. I like to have everyone here for the first day of training at the latest. But that is not possible anymore and probably won’t be possible again in the world, especially in England. So why should I moan about it?”