Jurgen Klopp wants to make Liverpool “become a club in the future that nobody wants to leave” after recent exits from Luis Suarez and Raheem Sterling.
The latter faces his old club on Saturday for the first time since completing his £49m switch to Manchester City.
“The will of the player is always very important. I don’t know anything about Sterling’s story but I know about similar stories and it is normal. This is Mario Götze’s story with Dortmund,” said Klopp.
“You cannot hold the player when he doesn’t want to be there. It doesn’t work. So you have to take the money and do something smart with it. The only thing is how you react on this.
“First of all we have to try to become a club in the future that nobody wants to leave. Then we will have the problem that we have to send some players away because we have too many! That is ultimately what we have to do. And it’s possible – the weather in Manchester is not that much better than Liverpool so that is not the biggest advantage.
“It is a long, long journey but we have started it and we want to do this. We don’t have to talk about the past and not about Sterling.
“He’s a brilliant player, everybody knows this. Now he’s at Manchester City so we close the book. We have other good players, really good players, and that is what we have to think about.”