Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists that he will walk out of football management if a time comes when only the club with the largest transfer bill wins all the trophies. The Premier League has seen Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City make a splash in the market, which is likely to get even bigger with the Red Devils planning a world record transfer for Paul Pogba by the end of next month.
Liverpool have been no slouch themselves, signing six players thus far including a big money move for Sadio Mane from Southampton and Georginio Wijnaldum from Newcastle. However, it is the lesser known players Klopp is more excited about as they are the ones who shape the spine of the team.
The former Borussia Dortmund manager insists that more than the transfer fees, it is the chemistry between the players that is important to a team's performance. Klopp has previously led Dortmund to two consecutive Bundesliga titles despite the spending power of Bayern Munich, who have shot back to win the title for the last four years.
"Other clubs can go out and spend more money and collect top players, yes," Klopp said, as quoted by the Mirror. "But if you bring one player in for £100m ($131m) or whatever, and he gets injured, then it all goes through the chimney.
"Do I have to do it differently to that? Actually, I want to do it differently. I would even do it differently if I could spend that money. I want a special team spirit – I don't feel it is necessary, I want it.
"You can't say at the end, 'Only 11 best players will play together and let's see what happens.' The day that this is football, I'm not in a job anymore. Because the game is about playing together.
"That is why somebody invented passes — so these players can play together. It's not about running with the ball because you can do it all the time. But building the group is not my unique idea, it is necessary to be successful in football."