Jurgen Klopp needs £200 million from Liverpool’s owners to turn the Reds into title contenders, according to Alan Hansen.
It’s the sort of figure you would only associate with the two Manchester clubs and Chelsea - not Liverpool.
But Hansen, an Anfield legend, thinks the only way Klopp can turn Liverpool into a competitive team is by spending. And spending big.
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He told the Independent: “These players are not going to win the league, so realistically they probably need five major signings.
“Jurgen Klopp will have taken the job already knowing who he wants to bring in. The owners have brought him in and now they need to back him, but the problem is the money.
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“From what I understand Fenway Sports Group have told the manager it is not a bottomless pit. So the problem he might have is that the owners have invested so much already, will they be reluctant to do it again? They have spent a lot - £20m on Lazar Markovic, and then he was sent out on loan.
“You could say they need to spend £100m, but where does that get you in today’s market? If they are going to have a real go it needs to be more like £200m – but you can’t just snap your fingers and solve the problem.”
Number of flops
Hansen highlighted the biggest concern for Liverpool. Under former manager Brendan Rodgers, the club brought in a host of players who quickly became flops - Fabio Borini and Iago Aspas were signed but quickly sold, while Tiago Llori, Mario Balotelli and Markovic have all been sent out on loan after failing to hold down a regular spot in the starting line-up.
It’s all well and good spending money, but Liverpool must learn to spend it more wisely.
FSG should look to Manchester City and Chelsea in their attempts to restore Liverpool to the heights of yesteryear. Roman Abramovich and Sheikh Mansour turned average squads into ones capable of winning the Premier League through clever, careful spending.
And given Liverpool’s current crop of players, it’s hard to imagine Klopp winning the division with Jordan Henderson as the leader of the team.
The German took over from Rodgers in October and the signs are there for Liverpool fans to be optimistic about the future. Highlights under Klopp include impressive wins at Chelsea and City, and the former Borussia Dortmund boss will end his first season in England with a trophy should he overcome the Citizens in Sunday’s Capital One Cup final.
Hansen is regarded as one of Liverpool’s finest players after he helped guide the Merseyside club to eight first division titles, two FA Cup trophies and three European Cups during the Reds’ most fruitful years in the 1970s and 80s.
If the current owners show ambition, the Scot has no doubt those glory years will return.