New Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will not raid former club Borussia Dortmund in future transfer windows, the Bundesliga club have confidently reiterated. The 48-year-old's move to the Premier League comes amid a host of players being linked with moves to Merseyside, but the German is believed to be committed to getting the best out of his current squad.
Marco Reus and Ilkay Gundogan have previously both been linked with moves to the Reds but Klopp himself has stated he has no plans to poach players from the team he departed at the end of the 2014-15 season. Klopp won two Bundesliga titles and took the club to the 2013 Champions League final during his time at the club, and president Reinhard Rauball does not expect him to compromise his legendary status.
"Klopp is a very intelligent man and he won't destroy his own reputation in Dortmund by signing players from us," Reinard Rauball told Omnisport, according to Sky Sports. "No one in Dortmund will forget Klopp and no one will forget the great things he did for Borussia Dortmund."
Speaking to Bild, Klopp admitted he had no plans to add to his squad during the January transfer window and would instead use his first three months in charge to assess his current resources. "I spoke to the people in charge of the club at length. There are no targets for this season, just simply to play football with a recognisable brand," he told the German publication, according to the Daily Express.
"Whether there is money to spend in January or not doesn't interest me," he added. "We are only in October and I don't even know how many games we've got until the transfer window opens and therefore we will have a look at the players at our disposal first."
Dortmund chief executive Joachim Watzke is equally confident that his current squad will not preyed upon by Klopp in the upcoming window, despite Liverpool's recent reputation for backing their managers in the transfer market. "Jurgen would never do anything that would damage BVB's interests," he told told Bild am Sonntag, as reported by Goal. "I am 100% certain about that. He would never approach any players behind our back. We are simply too close for things like that to happen. We have been through too much together.
"This is a great move for both Jurgen and Liverpool. He can get them back to greatness. We don't even have to talk about that. I am convinced that he will be as successful at Liverpool as he was at Dortmund."