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Klopp Talk: “We Need Players Who Want to Fight For Their Spot”

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The boss issues a statement to any players who want to join Liverpool in the summer

Liverpool Training Session Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images

Transfer season is creeping closer and closer, and Liverpool is in one of the best possible positions they could be in to have their pick of the best talent around. The boss is fully aware of this and is already urging caution, both from fans and players who might want to move to Anfield, before the summer transfer window opens. For Klopp, it’s less a question of talent and more a question of how well a player can fit into the work ethic and competitive attitude that Liverpool has built in the last few years.

“Usually if people mention ‘the best team in the world,’ you think of Real Madrid from a few years ago, Barcelona from a few years ago, Man City of the last two years and stuff like this,” Klopp said this weekend. “The team we have is about attitude – go and go and go – mixed with really good football players.

“We are for sure more critical of our performances because they (people) only see the results, which are exceptional – no doubt about that – but we don’t see ourselves as the best in the world.

“On the one side, it’s easier if players see you as that,” he added. “If they see you are successful, it’s easier to get into talks with players. But on the other side, it’s more difficult the better your team is because they ask questions like ‘where and when would I play?’

“We need players who want to be part of this, who want to fight for their spot, who want to make the next step together with us, who want to develop and improve so that’s it.

“We have these players and whoever wants to join us, needs to have exactly this kind of attitude.”

So far, the conversations around transfers have revolved around Timo Werner and a few other young players, including Kai Havertz and Samuel Chukwueze. All in all, it’s shaping up to be a very exciting transfer season.