New Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists he is happy with the squad at his disposal and is not looking for a “dream” signing of Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo.
Klopp has replaced Brendan Rodgers at Anfield as Liverpool look to bounce back from a disappointing start to the season, in which they have won just three Premier League games.
Rodgers was heavily criticised in some quarters for the club’s transfer dealings over the past 18 months but Klopp is adamant the ingredients for success are there – provided they have the work-rate to match.
The former Borussia Dortmund manager insisted he is happy with the Liverpool squad, suggesting he would not want the two most recent Ballon d’Or winners and letting his new players now that the hard work starts now.
“Now we start work. I’m not a dream man, I don’t want to have Cristiano or Lionel and all these players in one team,” Klopp told LFCTV.
“I want these guys [the current squad], it was a decision for these guys. Now we start working.”
Speculation has persisted that Klopp had reservations over working with Liverpool’s much-discussed transfer committee but the former Borussia Dortmund boss insists he has no fears over their working relationship, indicating his belief that discussion around transfers can be a positive thing for a club.
“It’s a really funny thing,” he added. “It was absolutely no problem between [club owners] FSG and myself, we talked about this. It’s nothing. If two smart, intelligent, clever guys sit together on a table and you both want the same, where can be the problem?
But Klopp did warn the club that he would require the final say on all dealings, with the manager being given first refusal on all player sales and purchases.
“I don’t want to spend money the club doesn’t have, I don’t want to hold a player that doesn’t want to stay,” he continued.
“I have to work all day with these guys. Nobody will sell a player I want to work with, even if it’s a good deal. Nobody wants to transfer a player without my ‘yes’. So everything is okay, I don’t need more.”
And the 48-year-old Swabian remained optimistic about the squad at his disposal, regardless of any future transfer dealings, praising the players’ speed and technical ability.
“I’m here because I believe the potential of the team. I see the team and think everything is good,” the new Liverpool manager said.
“At this moment we’re not the best team in the world, but who cares? We want to be the best team in the world. We have some problems and we have to solve them.
“We have speed and technical ability. The first game is Tottenham and we have to make a team for this game.