With Liverpool very much still in the mix for one of the coveted top four spots on the league table, the final nine games of the season are all hugely important. It makes sense that Klopp’s focus is on getting his team over the line and into the Champion’s League this season, for the first time since that disastrous run back in 2014.
However, Liverpool remains an unfinished project, and it’s only natural that the manager and his team have begun thinking about the summer and beyond.
Regarding potential summer transfers, the manager admitted, “Not a lot of decisions have been already made at this point. Why should they at this stage? But we are on the way. At the end I’m sure we will have a really good squad. We already have a good squad and a few more good players will make it even better. There’s a good base.
“Of course, if we are in the Champions League then it would have an influence. We would need a deeper squad and you have to be prepared for that. No question.
“Even with the league this season, we could have needed a deeper squad with the injuries we had. But we’re through that now. We will adapt our plans to the number of tournaments we play next year.”
Though no work was done this past January, last summer’s transfer window — the first for Klopp at Liverpool -- was a success. Players like Gini Wijnaldum and Sadio Mané have intergrated themselves well into the starting XI. Even the less successful acquisition of Loris Karius, while not providing Liverpool with the commanding goalkeeper they were hoping for, still created some much-needed competition in that position.
That window already improved the squad by leaps and bounds. Another equally fruitful one could see the team become a real contender next season.