Jürgen Klopp, manager of Liverpool, warned fans that the club is not going to spend big this summer and instead will look to promote more youth.
The financial effect of the coronavirus outbreak is likely to deter other teams from spending heavily this summer.
Klopp himself has admitted before that he wouldn’t be able to justify tossing money around this summer. He’s further insisted (via Sky Sports News) that his squad doesn’t need that kind of investment anyway.
“COVID has, of course, influenced both sides with ins and outs, that is completely normal, and it’s just not likely that it will be the busiest summer in the world,” Klopp said. “But maybe at a later point in the year, if the transfer window is still open, we will know more.”
In recent years, the Reds have spent heavily on the likes of Alisson and Virgil van Dijk, helping to guide them to the glory of the Premier League and Champions League, but now the situation is different.
Instead of making new signatures, Klopp added that he would like to concentrate on getting even more youngsters into Anfield:
“But this squad…look at it. It is not a squad you have to change now and say ‘OK, we need this position and this position’. We don’t have a first XI, I say we have a first 16 or 17, they can all play to the same level. But we have to use this, 100%.
“We cannot spend millions and millions and millions because we want to or we think it is nice to do. We never wanted that.
“We want to strengthen this squad and this squad is strong. The problem with a strong squad is how do you improve a strong squad in the transfer market? It works with money, obviously, that is possible. But it never works only with money.
“You have to be creative and we try to be creative. We try to find solutions internally and there is still a lot to come: we have three or four players who can make big steps.”
So, the likes of midfielder Curtis Jones, right-back Neco Williams, and winger Harvey Elliott are all close to breaking into the senior side of Klopp, and it seems like they will all be given the chance to push themselves more next year.