Klopp hopes to prevent sale of his best players

Date published: Friday 5th August 2016 8:55

Jurgen Klopp has outlined his intention to stop Liverpool being considered as a stepping stone of sorts for players.

The Reds have enjoyed a positive summer transfer window thus far, bringing in six players for over £60million, and cutting deadwood from a bloated squad.

They face Barcelona in a showpiece pre-season friendly on Saturday, in which a 90,000 sell-out crowd at Wembley will witness the return of Luis Suarez.

Suarez almost fired Liverpool to the Premier League title in the 2013/14 season, but left for Barcelona that summer in order to achieve his goals of domestic and European glory.

The Uruguayan became the latest in a long line of players who have left Anfield to further their hopes of silverware. The list includes Xabi Alonso, Fernando Torres, Javier Mascherano and Raheem Sterling among others.

“Yes, I think we can do this,” Klopp told the Liverpool Echo when asked whether he can stop the talent drain on his squad. “It’s one of the targets for the coming years.

“There hasn’t been a successful team in world football who change their squad every year. You need to need your key players. That’s a very important thing.

“You have to create a situation where you are successful. A situation where everyone feels in a good way and we are strong enough and patient enough to keep them together.

“We say that same squad and consistency creates success.

“But on the other hand if you aren’t successful then people will say you need a complete change – that’s how people are. That doesn’t make much sense.”

“I spoke before this transfer window about not needing to change a lot,” the German added. “We actually didn’t change too much but we have seven new players here. So in fact we changed a lot! Both statements are true.

“We’ve kept all of our key players and gave a few of our big talents the opportunity to play somewhere else because of the education they had at Liverpool.

“We want to be a club in the future for sure whose players don’t want to leave. That’s very important.

“But it will only be possible with success and the atmosphere we create in and around the club.”

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