Jurgen Klopp has explained why “timing” was so important to Liverpool as they spent big in the summer transfer market.
The Reds invested heavily in the summer to bring Alisson, Naby Keita, Fabinho and Xherdan Shaqiri to Anfield and add necessary depth to their squad.
It seems to have worked so far as table-toppers Liverpool remain unbeaten in the Premier League this season and could extend the gap to second-placed Tottenham on Thursday to nine points if they beat Manchester City.
However, Klopp admits that the club won’t be spending huge sums of money on players in every transfer window.
“We cannot do that constantly [spending big on players] and we will not do that constantly,” Klopp told Sky Sports in an interview with Gary Neville.
“The good thing was that, like most things in life, the timing was important. We had the money and the players were on the market.
“We didn’t know exactly when Alisson was on the market and when it was clear that he was, we had to, even if we had to collect money somewhere.
“With the Neymar transfer, the whole world changed. Could I have expected someone would have made the move from Barcelona to PSG for that money? No.
“But then, we had a bit of that money because of Phil [Coutinho] so what do we do? We don’t build houses, we invest in this club and invest in players. The money was there so let’s use it in the smartest way and that’s what we did.
“Since I’ve been here, we’ve always sold players and bought players because that’s how it is. I don’t know what our net spend is at the end, but we bought fantastic players in.
“Like Gini Wijnaldum, what a player he is. We bought him from Newcastle, playing left-wing or whatever so that’s really nice. So really good signings and two for really big money.”