Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has compared Liverpool and Chelsea’s rebuild projects, and has stressed to Liverpool fans that they must have patience, as their rebuild can’t happen “overnight” like Chelsea’s. The blues have spent a staggering €460.49 million on transfers since last summer.
Klopp was a guest on BT Sport podcast Mike Calvin’s Football People, in which the German spoke about the rebuild project facing him. Many think the project will truly get underway this summer, with players like James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita out if contract at the end of the season.
Klopp spoke about the forthcoming rebuild and said;
“I’m not saying it’s the biggest challenge, but it’s a challenge, and it was one of the main reasons why I signed a new contract because I knew it’s necessary.”
“It will not go overnight, and imagine the situation now with another coach in the chair. I would be somewhere on holiday and everybody would shout my name ‘with him it would not have happened!’
“I’m obviously not a miracle worker. That’s why it’s good how it is, because all the problems you have in a transition time period, we have an awful lot of injuries, and that makes life really complicated. I have no problem with that because I see obviously… I know the majority of the outside world is just interested in the short term but we have to be long-term focused as well, and that’s what we are.”
Klopp then spoke about Chelsea’s approach to their rebuild.
“There are obviously plenty of different ways you can do it, but it’s all based on the situation you are in, especially with the things happening around, Chelsea with the new ownership obviously, nobody knows exactly how they do it, how they can spend this much money.”
“Other teams, nobody likes me talking about that… but transition needs time if you don’t have endless money, otherwise you can change overnight pretty much, bringing in 10 players.”
Klopp then spoke about loyalty.
“Last week I got a question if I am too loyal, I’m not too loyal but questioning loyalty in general is a sign of our time, the time we are living in as well, which I really don’t like too much.”
“I never saw anything bad in loyalty, to be honest, to your friends, to your family, to your company, in an ideal world you are loyal, and it’s not a one-way word. That’s an ideal world when both sides feel the same and big things can grow.”