Klopp says Liverpool signings must be launched

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Feb 12 (Reuters) – Liverpool’s new signings must start as the club cannot afford to waste time and money, manager Juergen Klopp has said.

“Our transfers have to hit the ground (ongoing) because we can’t sign a £40m ($54.24m) and £50m signing and in the end if he plays or no, it’s not important,” Klopp told reporters on Friday.

“It can always happen for injury reasons and things like that, but it shouldn’t happen very often because it’s not that we, (as) we say in Germany, are swimming in the money.

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“It’s a wealthy club without problems but the policy here is clear: we spend what we earn. If we earn more, we can spend more. If we earn less, we can spend less.”

Colombia striker Luis Diaz, who joined Liverpool on January deadline day last week from Portuguese side Porto, is the latest addition to the Premier League squad and made his debut on the bench during the FA Cup win over Cardiff City last Sunday.

Klopp was sufficiently impressed with the performance to give Diaz a start in a 2-0 win over Leicester City in the league on Thursday, with the 25-year-old causing all sorts of problems for the opposition.

Another player who impressed against Leicester was Diogo Jota, who scored both goals. He also managed to kick off his Liverpool career with a bang after joining the Merseyside club in September 2020.

Klopp said timing is important when it comes to transfer deals.

“I’m 100% sure that Diogo Jota a year later would have received offers from other big clubs, so that’s it,” Klopp said. “Maybe the year we wanted it wasn’t, I don’t know, to be 100 per cent honest.

“Similar to Mo (Mohamed Salah). If Mo had played another season at Roma in the same way, he probably would have improved there as well, there would have been other clubs.

“So it’s all about timing, that’s what you need at that time.”

Second-placed Liverpool, who lead Manchester City by nine points, travel to bottom-up club Burnley on Sunday.

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Reporting by Aadi Nair in Bangalore; edited by Clare Fallon

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