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Jurgen Klopp doesn't want Ronaldo or Messi at Liverpool

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Jurgen Klopp has rejected the suggestion that there are already underlying problems between him and Liverpool with regards to the club's transfer policy.

The German coach arrived at Anfield on Friday morning to put pen-to-paper on a three-year deal worth a reported £7m-a-season.

Immediately, however, there is concern that, having spent almost £80m in the summer transfer window, the 48-year-old will have little or no money to spend when the January window opens.

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But despite a less than impressive start to the season, ultimately leading to Brendan Rodgers' dismissal, Klopp insists he will not be looking to revolutionise the squad in the next transfer window.

Indeed, Klopp believes the Liverpool squad already contains the necessary quality to achieve their immediate goals and is not looking for a "dream" signing like Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi.

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"I'm here because I believe the potential of the team. I see the team and think everything is good," he told LFC TV.

"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.

"I don't want to have Cristiano or Lionel and all these players in one team"

"We have speed and technical ability. The first game is Tottenham and we have to make a team for this game.

"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. I want these guys [the current squad], it was a decision for these guys. Now we start working."

The transfer committee

Klopp openly addressed the reports that he wanted final say on all Liverpool transfers, claiming he found them "funny" and does not imagine that the club's much-maligned transfer committee will become an issue.

Mike Gordon, who holds the purse strings, Ian Ayre, the club's chief executive, and Dave Fallows, chief scout, remain part of the decision-making process with regards to transfers despite high-profile failures like Mario Balotelli and Rickie Lambert. Regardless of their track record, Klopp is ready to work with them.

"If two smart, intelligent, clever guys sit together on a table and you both want the same, where can be the problem?"

"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?

"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. 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."

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