Klopp’s transfer plans for Liverpool are revealed
Liverpool assistant manager Peter Krawietz has been working under Jurgen Klopp since 2001.
He started out as a video analyst and chief scout at Mainz 05 and now works as one of the assistant managers for Jurgen Klopp.
In a recent interview with The Athletic, the Liverpool assistant manager said they needed new additions to the squad to defend their title.
Liverpool made sure to steer “well clear” of any rash transfer decisions during the summer window, says Peter Krawietz, with the Reds adamant that minor tinkering was the way forward.
Liverpool has spent big in the past bolstering their ranks in many key positions, the likes of Virgil van Dijk, Alisson Becker, Fabinho being three big signings who shaped their recent success.
However, they have been relatively quiet on the recruitment front in recent seasons.
The Liverpool hierarchy decided not to spend any money after winning their sixth Champions League which received criticism from the fans at that time, but Klopp’s right-hand man defended the decision saying:
“Our conviction was total. As total as it can be. We knew that there are no guarantees, but we were convinced that the squad’s composition was ideal for the challenges that season posed.
“There were no reasons to make any fundamental changes. Unless you’re totally certain that a new player will move things forward, you’re better off staying well clear. You’re not doing your team and the new guy any favours otherwise.
“That’s always the basis for making such decisions. Finances come into it as well, but the decision not to make any changes was informed by us knowing it wasn’t necessary.”
The decision taken at the time proved to be the right one as Liverpool ended their thirty year-long wait for a Premier League title breaking all sorts of records in the process. The club finished the season with a club record of 99 points.
Krawietz, however, admits a call was made early to bring in new additions to the squad to defend their title and avoid an unnecessary scramble for signings later on in the window.
Kostas Tsimikas, Thiago Alcantara, and Diogo Jota were bought into the club in the hope for retaining the title. Diogo Jota has enjoyed life at Liverpool so far, but the other summer signings haven’t been able to settle well with both Tsimikas and Thiago suffering from Covid-19 and injury problems.
Liverpool have been struggling this season from a massive injury crisis which has seen the likes of Virgil Van Dijk and Joe Gomez already out of the season.
The Liverpool assistant agrees a new player might join this January to help solidify the champion’s defense which has conceded seventeen goals in the league already but the club will not make any panic buys whatsoever with Klopp exploring ways to divide the workload among the players heading into the busiest part of the season.
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