Jurgen Klopp says he won’t be “a real idiot” and panic buy

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Jurgen Klopp has a way with words.

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Following Liverpool’s shock 2-0 defeat at Burnley on Saturday the German coach was downbeat, bemoaning the Reds’ luck as they had 81 percent of the possession but couldn’t break down a stubborn Clarets defense.

He was also asked if the defeat means he would spend more money in the final week of the transfer window as deadline day on Aug. 31 looms. To date Liverpool has spent the third-most ($81.2 million) on new players in the Premier League this summer behind Manchester United and Manchester City.

Klopp, 49, had a pretty hilarious answer to reporters after the defeat against Burnley.

“If one game should change my mind then I would be a real idiot,” Klopp said. “I know you would all buy a left-back but a midfielder?” Klopp said. “Emre Can was on the bench, he had a back problem, Lucas Leiva is injured and you ask me for a hard midfield player. The answer is I don’t know – we will see.”

With Alberto Moreno being dropped as Liverpool’s left back and James Milner used out of position in the left back role instead, that is one area the Reds will be looking to strengthen in the next week and many would argue a new goalkeeper and center back should also be a priority for Klopp as his team have now conceded five goals in their opening two PL games.

Klopp didn’t think defending was the big problem as he lamented mistakes in bringing the ball out of the back.

“It is not a defending problem it is an offensive problem,” Klopp said. “We should be ready in our development and these mistakes shouldn’t happen anymore, but our training drills did not include us playing the ball at the wrong time to the opponent. We put ourselves under pressure.”

A little pressure is starting to build on Klopp, with his Liverpool side still showing the same defensive frailties which haunted them last season and stopped them from mounting a serious top four challenge following Klopp’s arrival in October.
Ragnar Klavan and Joel Matip have arrived but neither center back has impressed and new goalkeeper Loris Karius broke his hand in preseason so Simon Mignolet remains in goal. Going forward Liverpool looked fluid once again at Burnley but just couldn’t find the target. Sometimes that happens even to the best teams. Yet, when you do have an off day in front of goal you have to grind out draws at places like Burnley.
That is what will separate Liverpool from finishing in the top four or once again languishing outside it.