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Jurgen Klopp says big name signings don't guarantee success

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Although there has been plenty of movement in the transfer market this summer, it is fair to say Liverpool haven't been amongst those clubs bringing in headline-grabbing names thus far.

They might have signed highly regarded goalkeeper Loris Karius, centre-back Joel Matip and big money arrival Sadio Mane, but Jurgen Klopp was unable to be reunited with Mario Gotze as the world cup winner appears set for a return to Borussia Dortmund.

Speaking to The Telegraph today, however, the Anfield boss rejected the idea that big name signings were the key to success - seemingly taking a subtle shot at Liverpool's fiercest rivals, Manchester United, in the process.


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“If we go for players and there is obviously no chance, there is no point,” said Klopp, when vouching for less high-profile additions.

“Look for players you can have and make the best of it. I am 100 per cent happy with the guys we have brought in until now.

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“This period in every year is one of a lot of expectations. Everyone expects big names and a big improvement because of big names and if you don't know the players it's like 'what are we doing? what are they doing?'"

There's no doubt Karius, Matip and Mane could prove to be excellent additions for Liverpool moving forward, but during the long summer weeks football fans always crave the big name additions.

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“Some clubs have already done a lot but you cannot prove in this moment what's really right. What you have to do is prepare the new season," Klopp continued.

“At the moment nobody thinks about the good games we played last season.

“They only think Manchester United have taken this player or Manchester City have taken this player and we have taken ‘what is the name?’ and that is it.

"This moment for us it is about creating and building a team for next year. We have to prove our thoughts about the team work.”

In making reference to United's transfer activity in the same breath as questioning the benefit of chasing headline-grabbing stars, the German boss appeared to take a subtle dig at the Old Trafford club.

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Unlike Liverpool, they chased big names - landing Zlatan Ibrahimovic and closing in on a £100 million deal for Paul Pogba.

Only time will tell if those moves were the right thing to do. For Klopp, though, he is confident that a more under the radar approach will prove fruitful moving forward.

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