Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that the Reds are already planning for next season, but has made it clear that the club are not close to making any decisions regarding potential summer transfer deals. The Reds are facing a bleak season ahead following their loss at the hands Manchester City in the final of the Capital One Cup. Their only hope of silverware this season is the Europa League, where they face a last 16 clash with arch rivals Manchester United.
The Reds have had a dismal campaign in the Premier League and currently find themselves on 11th spot, nine points behind Wednesday night's (3 March) opponents City, who are in fourth place. Their only hope of qualifying for next season's Champions League is by winning the Europa League, which will be a massive task owing to their inconsistent form so far this season.
Klopp is certain to ring in changes ahead of his first full season in-charge of the Merseyside club, as the entire squad – apart from loan signing Steven Caulker, and summer arrivals Joel Matip and Marko Grujic – is the team he inherited from former manager Brendan Rodgers. According to the Mirror, there are a number of players fighting for their future including £32.5m ($45.4m) summer signing Christian Benteke, who has fallen out of favour under the former Borussia Dortmund manager. Apart from the Belgian, midfielders Joe Allen and Joao Teixeira are also facing uncertain futures.
"Yes, it's clear that we are planning for next season. It's not that we have to be the first in every moment. We want to be first usually if it's possible in the table, but with all the other things we have to wait for the right moment to think about them," Klopp said, as quoted on the Liverpool's official site.
"There's nothing to say to be honest. It's not that I can say we are close to this decision or to this one, but we work the whole day and it's not only preparing for games - that's the main thing to do, but we have to plan for the future and that's what we are doing," the German manager added.