Gary Neville: What Jurgen Klopp must change at Liverpool
Manchester United legend Gary Neville says Jurgen Klopp needs to bring some top-class signings to Liverpool
Gary Neville says Jurgen Klopp will need to be an incredibly shrewd recruiter to sign the players required to propel Liverpool to the Premier League title.
The 48-year-old German was appointed as the Merseyside outfit’s new manager last week after Liverpool sacked Brendan Rodgers following a 1-1 draw with Everton in the Merseyside derby.
I struggle to think of the last time Liverpool signed a Grade A player
Klopp’s predecessor spent nearly $100m on new signings in the summer transfer window, which included a $32.5m deal to sign Christian Benteke and $29m signing Roberto Firmino.
However, former Manchester United defender Neville is unsure whether Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group will be willing to cough up significant funds after Rodgers’s spending spree.
“He will have to recruit incredibly well – and hope that Manchester United, Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal recruit less well,” Neville told Daily Telegraph.
“In other words he will have to defy all odds to win the league, which would be a huge achievement, just as it would have been for Brendan Rodgers 18 months ago.
“I struggle to think of the last time Liverpool signed a Grade A player. Luis Suarez was turned into a Grade A player. But it might be 10 years since they signed one already at world-class level.”
Neville continued: “Will he be able to sign a Lewandowski, Gotze or Gundogan, who has already been linked with Liverpool? Will he join Liverpool or Barcelona, Arsenal, Chelsea, Real Madrid? To win a league Klopp will need to attract that level of player.
“Fenway Sports Group will have to put their hand in their pocket more than they already have. Or Klopp will need to be an incredibly shrewd recruiter to outgun the wealth of Chelsea, City, United and Arsenal.”
Klopp’s predecessor Brendan Rodgers signed seven new players in the summer transfer window, splashing almost £100m on new signings.
Belgium international Christian Benteke became the club’s second most-expensive player after his £32.5m move from Villa.
Roberto Firmino, meanwhile, joined in a £32.5m deal from Hoffenheim, whilst Nathaniel Clyne, James Milner, Joe Gomez and Adam Bogdan all moved to the Merseyide outfit.