Jurgen Klopp says he is “fine” with no January signings after baulking at Shaktar Donetsk’s valuation of Alex Teixeira.
The Liverpool manager claims the Reds do have money to spend but that they want to “work respectfully and responsibly” – which does not mean paying £53m for a Brazilian untested in Europe’s biggest leagues.
“It’s very important that you can trust us. It was a common decision on Teixeira,” said Klopp, making it clear that the whole transfer committee was in agreement.
“We said we can’t play this game until the end. We made offers, I won’t say too much about that, but they were realistic with the plusses of it being January, the Premier League, all the plusses you have when you make negotiations. But it was a case of: ‘If you don’t want it, OK, we can’t change the situation, both for now and the future’.
“It’s not that we haven’t got money but you have to work respectfully and responsibly. That’s what we do.
“It is not like you should buy and sell, buy and sell. In my opinion, usually I make a one-year contract with the players. I know they have longer contracts, but I say: ’Yes, if you don’t play the biggest rubbish in your life, I will trust you, you have to trust me.’
“And after a year, maybe he wants somewhere else, maybe I want him to go somewhere else. That’s football.
“Now in the middle of the season, I have been here for four months and nothing has happened on transfers. I am fine with that and we can go on working.”
Klopp was excited about his returning quartet of Daniel Sturridge, Philippe Coutinho, Martin Skrtel and Divock Origi.