Even before the transfer window has opened, it’s clear what Jurgen Klopp’s philosophy will be this summer.
Marko Grujic, Joel Matip and Loris Karius have already been confirmed with a total expenditure of £9.8 million.
It’s something that we saw during Klopp’s time at Borussia Dortmund - signing relatively unknown players for a minimal fee.
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Robert Lewandowski for £3.3 million, Mats Hummels for £2.9 million and Ilkay Gundogan are just three examples of the incredible bargain purchases whilst Klopp was at the German club.
So, when he enquired about Barcelona’s Aleix Vidal, he was hoping the Catalan club would name a reasonable price. However, Luis Enrique obviously rates the right-sided player extremely highly and demanded that, if the Reds want to sign him, they must activate his £45 million release clause - something that Klopp, and Liverpool, is extremely unlikely to want to do.
That’s according to Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo, who claim that Barca need Vidal to remain at the club given the uncertainty surrounding Dani Alves’ future.
Vidal usually operates as a winger but can also be deployed as a full-back and will help fill the void if the Brazilian leaves the club.
And it’s no surprise that the Camp Nou club want him to remain in Catalonia. He only arrived last summer and due to a transfer embargo, wasn’t appear to appear until January. He went on to play 14 matches in all competitions for the La Liga champions.
Although Klopp has a reputation for signings players on the cheap, Liverpool have splashed the cash in recent years. However, the seemingly bad decision to spend £32.5 million on Christian Benteke last summer may dissuade them from spending so much on one player again this time around.