Jurgen Klopp lifts lid on squad overhaul last summer and rebuilding the ‘Liverpool way’

Liverpool lost six senior players last summer, however the Reds signed four midfielders to bolster the squad.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has emphasised the necessity of the squad overhaul undertaken by the club in the summer transfer window.

The Reds saw the departure of six senior players, including James Milner, Roberto Firmino, Naby Keita, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who left the club upon the expiration of their contracts.

Jordan Henderson and Fabinho moved to Saudi Arabia, joining Al-Ettifaq and Al-Ittihad, respectively. However, Henderson has made a surprising move to Ajax after just six months.

In response to those departures, Klopp reinforced his squad with the addition of four midfielders following the arrival of Alexis Mac Allister, Dominik Szoboszlai, Wataru Endo, and Ryan Gravenberch.

The quartet has made a positive impact for the Reds, who are currently competing for four titles this season and have progressed in each cup competition so far.

Speaking about the summer rebuild, Jurgen Klopp told Sky Sports, “Look, when you say top of the table, cups, knockouts, it doesn’t mean anything right now but the quality in training is high and the confidence is there.

“After last year, you forget the same players with confidence look totally different players now. That is good.”

“Sometimes you need these lows to appreciate the highs.

“The only reaction to being in such a low hole is to try to find a way out, that is my job and that is the pressure we had.

“We had to put that right because that is not a situation we could stay in. It was a tough summer with difficult moments but transfer-wise, I am really happy with how it all worked out.

“The players we got in, you only really know them when they are here and then you think: ‘Oh wow, they are not just good footballers but great guys who fit in well too.”

“I am not a genius,” he adds.

“I can’t see things four months on from now, I just try to find the best solution and ideas and sometimes that works and sometimes it changes, but very quickly you have a very good feeling about this team and then you see if it works out and you move in the right direction.

“People think that means you can be champions. It’s not about that right now but we have a team that no one wants to play against. We still have to make big steps but it all goes in the right direction.”

“Transfers at Liverpool are different,” he says. “We have to think once, twice, three times, and then a fourth. We have to be very sure that it works out.

“I don’t think a big signing hasn’t worked out. Some people might say Darwin Nunez, but he is an exceptional player and I am so happy we have him and no one else has him.

“It was a difficult first year but he has already scored a decent amount of goals, maybe it is not enough because of all his chances, but I am absolutely happy.

“Players need time. Andy Robertson spent time on the bench when he joined. Fabinho took some time for us too. Others need time to settle, others get it straight away.

“Mo Salah scored in his first game and so did Virgil van Dijk – even though it wasn’t his job. It is a big challenge to get it right.

“All this heated discussion around transfers and Deadline Day, we have to stay calm and do the right thing and sometimes that is tricky because of the pressure from outside. If you feel that you panic buy.”

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