Neville tells FSG Liverpool boss Klopp ‘deserves’ two elite signings
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp reviews Brentford game
Gary Neville believes Liverpool owners FSG will have to put their hands in their pockets this summer if they hope to turn around the Reds’ dip in form. The Manchester United icon feels Jurgen Klopp ‘deserves’ two big-money signings after opting out of heavy spending sprees in the past.
Outside of the likes of Darwin Nunez (£85.6m), Virgil Van Dijk (£76.2m) and Alisson Becker (£56.3m), Klopp has often opted not to spend over the odds for players and has instead worked on helping less ready-made players reach their potential.
But with Premier League spending reaching record highs of £780m over the summer and January transfer windows, the need to pay over the odds is more important than ever as Neville explained during the most recent addition of the Gary Neville podcast.
“Jurgen Klopp has to be supported. He was supported a number of years ago when they fell short [of the league] and pushed themselves in the transfer market,” he said. “They’re going to have to go there again this summer because other teams are going to invest.
“Jurgen Klopp’s strength over the last six or seven years has been in the quality of his football but also the strength of recruitment. He has been able to get the most out of players that haven’t cost stupid amounts, Van Dijk and Allison aside and Nunez of course is the one he needs to get the most out of next season.
“But you look at those £30, £40m signings of Jota, Salah, Mane, Robertson, they have been absolutely outstanding. They will have to do a bit of that, but they will also have to put down some serious money on a couple of players.”
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He added: “Jurgen Klopp has shielded FSG in terms of net spend over the years. Yes, they’ve been smart and its what Sir Alex Ferguson did for the Glazers, where Sir Alex would say there was no value in the market and Klopp has been quite prudent and pragmatic and he’s not panicked, and they’ve waited for players which is the right way to do it you always want to be measured.
“I don’t think Jurgen would go out there and be reckless in the transfer market but there comes a point where if he wants a player they’re going to have to put down the money and it is going to cost them significantly to get back to where he wants to be… He deserves that.”
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