Jurgen Klopp has attempted to put any transfer rumours to bed months before the wake of the January transfer window by hitting out at English football’s obsession with new signings.
The German insisted he is focused on achieving a top-four finish with the players inherited from predecessor Brendan Rodgers, rather than turning to any new blood.
Following his side's 3-1 victory over Chelsea on Saturday, Klopp commented: “I can’t believe that England is so impatient! It is much more difficult. I have been here three weeks.
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"Everyone tells me ‘you want to buy this player, this player, this player’. But development is to work with the players you have. It’s like if you have a problem with your wife, you don’t want to change every day!
“That is the thing, you just work and work and get better. You don’t think about the summer of 2016. I don’t know what will be there. We have to try and work, and get closer and see what we can achieve.”
Without any mention of the January transfer window, those salivating at the prospect of world-class acquisitions on Merseyside may spend 2016’s opening month in disappointment. If Klopp were to make new signings, there are a few areas in which might he look to strengthen.
The former Dortmund boss did not hide his annoyance with midfielders James Milner, Lucas and Emre Can on a few occasions in the first half of the triumph over Chelsea.
This, of course, could merely have been the German’s passion directed towards mistakes made when his side were 1-0 down. It is possible that Klopp may be looking to strengthen in that area, with rumours of interest in his former maestro Ilkay Gundogan from Dortmund.
Another cause for concern at Stamford Bridge was in the left-back position, where Alberto Moreno provided a direct, pacey threat when attacking, but was targeted as a potential source of joy for Chelsea when it was their turn to test Liverpool’s back-line.
A top striker is often top of the list for many fans, but if Daniel Sturridge is able to maintain a run in the team alongside Christian Benteke, then there could be more than enough firepower to propel Liverpool into the European places. Roberto Firmino, the Reds' £30 million signing from Hoffenheim, also seems to be finding his feet, with a strong performance as a false nine on the weekend.
If Klopp’s comments prove to be true, then a quiet January may not be such a bad thing for the Reds, allowing them to focus on attaining a top four finish and giving their new manager time to truly gauge the players he has to see where they can improve, before mounting a real title challenge next season.