In spite of his criticism of Chelsea’s expenditure, Jurgen Klopp says that the task of rebuilding Liverpool’s team served as his driving force in extending his contract with the team last year.
When explaining why he extended his Reds contract until 2026 last year, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp poked fun at Chelsea’s spending under club owner Todd Boehly.
Klopp signed a two-year extension to his previous Reds contract in April last year, ensuring his continued employment at Anfield through at least the summer of 2026.
Recently, Klopp acknowledged that the Reds needed to make changes and talked about the necessity of reorganizing the team.
The Reds are currently eighth in the Premier League, ten points out of the top four (despite having a game in hand), and it is looking more unlikely that they will qualify for the Champions League next season.
Just weeks after their humiliating three-goal loss on the South Coast, their EFL Cup defense came to an end last month, and they now have a challenging journey to Brighton in the FA Cup.
After claiming he is not “too loyal” to his players and that his knowledge that significant changes were needed in the first-team group drove him to extend his tenure in order to create a new Liverpool team, Klopp is considering a summer reconstruction at Anfield.
“I wouldn’t say it’s the biggest obstacle, but it is a challenge, and it was one of the primary factors in convincing me to sign a new deal,” Klopp told BT Sport.
“Imagine the circumstance now with a different coach in the chair: It won’t go away overnight. While I was on vacation, everyone would yell my name and say, ‘With him, it would not have occurred!’ Obviously, I can’t work miracles.
It’s why it’s fine the way it is, because all the issues you have in a transition period, we have an awful amount of injuries, and that makes life incredibly complex.
I don’t object to that because I can clearly see… We must also be long-term oriented, which is what we are. I understand that most people on the outside are only concerned with the short term.”
The Reds manager continued by making what appeared to be a jab at Chelsea in light of the Blues’ extravagant expenditures under new owner Todd Boehly.
The Blues have spent almost £400 million on moves so far this year, and more are anticipated throughout the remaining days of the transfer window.
“There are obviously many different ways to go about it, but it all depends on the circumstances.
In particular, given the current events, nobody is exactly sure how Chelsea, under new ownership, manages to spend this much money.
If you don’t have unlimited funds, transition takes time. If you have, you can change things pretty much immediately by adding 10 players.”