Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes that the club don’t need “big names” as he seeks to rebuild his squad ahead of the new Premier League season.
Klopp has already added Sadio Mane, Joel Matip and Loris Karius to his squad, while rivals Manchester United have added the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
However, the German coach is happy with building a team rather than trying to sign one or two superstars.
“If we go for players and there is obviously no chance, there is no point,” he told reporters. “Look for players you can have and make the best of it. I am 100 percent happy with the guys we have brought in until now.
“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?'”
Liverpool spent over £30 million on Mane, with more arrivals expected at Anfield, but Klopp insists that the team ethic comes first.
“Nobody thinks about the good games we played last season,” he added. “They only think United or City have taken this player and we have taken what’s-his-name, but for us it is about creating and building a team for next year.
“We have to prove that our thinking about the team is right. We have to build a special bond with the right mentality.
“It is using experience, using the base and not killing the base and starting completely new.”