Belfast Telegraph

New boss Jurgen Klopp has no transfer fears at Liverpool

By Carl Markham

New Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has dismissed suggestions he cannot work with the club's transfer committee.

The existing set-up, implemented by owners Fenway Sports Group to ensure some sort of continuity with signings, was a constant frustration for predecessor Brendan Rodgers.

However Klopp, used to a similar structure at former club Borussia Dortmund, has no such issues.

"It is a really crazy discussion I heard about," he said when asked about the criticism the transfer committee - comprising the manager, chief executive Ian Ayre, FSG president Mike Gordon, director of scouting Dave Fallows, chief scout Barry Hunter and director of technical performance Michael Edwards. "It was not a problem for 10 seconds. We talked about it, of course, but I am not an idiot.

"For me it is enough to have the first and the last word, the middle we can discuss everything.

"We only want to discuss about very good players, it is discussing on the highest level.

"I am not a genius. I don't know more than the rest of the world.

"I need the other people to get the perfect information and when we have this we will sign the player or sell a player.

"It is really easy to handle this."

Klopp revealed he first began to think about the prospect of being Liverpool manager when he visited Anfield for the first time in a pre-season friendly in 2014.

Asked about whether that trip had put the idea in his head, he said: "Yes. Of course. I am not a dreamer in this way but I am a football romantic.

"I love the stories, the histories. Anfield is one of the best places in the football world and it was my first time at Anfield and I came in and thought about how it would be [to be manager].

"Now I am here. I am a really lucky guy."

Klopp insists he is 'the Normal One' and is not setting out to join the ranks of Anfield greats.

In a direct response to a question about Jose Mourinho's 'Special One' quip when he arrived for his first spell with Chelsea, the self-deprecating German played down his reputation as one of Europe's leading coaches.

However, he then proceeded to ambitiously set himself the target of winning the Premier League title within four years.

"I am a normal guy from the Black Forest. I don't compare myself with these genius managers from the past," he told a packed press conference.

"Twenty-five years ago (Liverpool's last title) is a long time. In this time all people have tried to get better, to improve, to take the next title. But history is only the base for us. It is all the people are interested in but you don't take history in your backpack and carry it with you for 25 years.

"We can wait for it but I don't want to say we can wait 20 years.

"If we sit here in four years I think we'll have won one title - I'm pretty sure."

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