This summer, publications all around Europe proudly proclaimed that Klopp & Co. were planning on “splashing the cash” with a £70 million “war chest.” However, that big spend never really came, and Liverpool actually ended the summer with a net surplus. Naturally, Liverpool fans grumbled about this, because a segment of sports fans will find a reason to grumble about anything and everything.
Now, the term “war chest” is once again being batted around, but this time it’s £40 million, and it’s courtesy of the German magazine SportBild. The magazine mostly just perpetuates the lazy, continued rumors of Julian Brandt, and the new rumors of Emil Forsberg.
Granted, Klopp very well might be tempted to open up the checkbook, especially with the impending absence of Sadio Mané. However, the boss has repeatedly attempted to lower expectations for transfers, indicating that he would only spend money if it was the right fit.
We’ve seen a general reluctance from Klopp to make the big signing just because they’re a big signing. Again, this doesn’t rule out a move (or several) in January, but it seems unlikely that he will really splash the cash unless it will help the squad long-term.