Liverpool chairperson Tom Werner (Press Association)
Liverpool chairman Tom Werner has strongly suggested Jurgen
Klopp will not have too much to work with in the transfer window.
The Reds have this week been crowned Premier League
champions – ending a 30-year-wait year. Read and watch how an emotional Klopp
failed to hold back the tears.
But despite talk in the papers that a £54 million bid is due
to be made for a Napoli star, Werner has suggested it could be a quiet summer
for the club.
Liverpool were one of a handful of clubs who moved to place
their non-playing staff on furlough leave when the government’s job retention
scheme was brought in.
But while a public backlash forced FSG to reverse the
decision, it’s clear their finances have been badly hit by the global pandemic.
Liverpool recently pulled out of a deal to sign Timo Werner
over the costs involved. Furthermore, a report earlier this year claimed plans
to expand Anfield’s capacity had also been shelved.
Since signing Alisson in a £66.8 million deal from Roma in summer
2018, Liverpool are yet to spend over £10 million on any player. Indeed,
Klopp’s biggest outlay in the three windows since was the £7.25 million capture
of Takumi Minamino.
Now Werner, in an exclusive with the Liverpool Echo, has
suggested a quiet summer lies ahead.
“I would just say, you know, I was told early on about the
importance of a virtuous circle,” Werner said.
“So, it was very important when we came in that the
commercial revenues of the club increased so we had financial stability.
“And I think that, as everyone knows, we haven’t taken a
pound out as a dividend. Every pound we invest in future talent on the pitch.
“In the short term we are in a challenging situation because
of Covid-19. We’ve had a lot of conversations about how to manage through this
“We have a great squad and as you know we are investing in a
new training ground and I just want to get through this period.
“I am terribly challenged by what is going on with the
coronavirus, as is the world.
“My dream at the moment is to see Anfield filled with so
many supporters. That sort is what I am thinking about today.”
Indeed, the Express claims there are likely to be more
outgoings than incomings at Liverpool this summer.
They report Adam Lallana will leave on a free. Dejan Lovren
and Xherdan Shaqiri are also likely to be sold.
Furthermore, it’s claimed decisions will be made whether to
sell Harry Wilson or Marko Grujic after successful loans.