Liverpool’s stinking 2017 form has heightened frustration among Reds fans at the club’s lack of investment during the January transfer window.
Jurgen Klopp did not strengthen his squad with a single signing in January.
Meanwhile. Liverpool offloaded young defenders Joe Maguire and Tiago Ilori, as well as sanctioning outgoing loans for five players, including Mamadou Sakho, who many believe is the best centre-back on the books at Anfield.
Out of all the cups and sitting fifth in the Premier League at the start of March, it is clear that Liverpool will need reinforcements to challenge the like of Chelsea next season.
And judging by Klopp’s recent comments, as quoted by The Times, Liverpool will indeed dip into the transfer market before the start of the 2017-18 campaign.
“I will have the money, that is for sure,” Klopp said. “We all have the same plan — sporting director, scouting department, owners — we want to make this club as big and as successful as possible.
“We will spend money in the summer, of course. Will it be a transfer window with even a transfer record? I don’t think it’s possible again.
“It was not a target last season. We didn’t say, ‘Let’s look if we can do it.’ It happened because it was a big squad and we tried to make it more a group, which we thought would be enough.
“But we will be prepared and we will be ready for the summer for sure.”
So, Klopp has confirmed that there is cash to spend and also that he has the backing of those above him in the Reds hierarchy.
Therefore, there can be no excuses if Klopp does not bolster sufficiently over the summer.
Klopp’s popularity on Merseyside is strong, with his affable personality playing a key role in keeping his stock high.
However, there have been murmurs of discontent recently and likability will surely only carry Klopp so far.
Ultimately, he needs to make Liverpool better on the pitch. To do that, money must be spent.