Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has made it clear that he will not make panic buys with just over 10 days remaining in the transfer window following his side's shock 2-0 defeat at the hands of Burnley on Saturday (20 August). The Reds were brought back down to earth by the Premier League new boys following their opening day victory over Arsenal, but Klopp will not make drastic changes to his first-team in light of the loss.
The German coach has made six signings thus far this summer, and strengthened in all areas of his squad, but a lack of aggression in midfield and James Milner looking out of place at left-back made sure Liverpool suffered their first defeat of the new campaign. The former Borussia Dortmund manager has been urged to buy a new left-back to replace Alberto Moreno, who has been found wanting on a number of occasions, but chose to deploy the England international, who is primarily a midfielder.
The Clarets were up two goals by the 37th minute and held on until the whistle to record their first home win of the season. The first goal was a gift after a wayward pass from Nathaniel Clyne was intercepted by Andre Gray, who found his striker partner Sam Vokes, who in turn made no mistake in finding the right top corner. The second goal, meanwhile, was a sweeping counter attack which saw Burnley's record signing Steven Defour win the ball and run almost the entire length of the pitch before slipping Gray in, who after a cutback calmly slotted past Simon Mignolet.
The manager has refuted claims that apart from a left- back, he also needs to sign a midfielder, suggesting that he has a number of options, who were not available to him on the day. Klopp refused to rule out further signings before the close of the summer transfer window, but made it clear that his transfer strategy is unlikely to change after just one loss.
"If one game would change my mind, then I would be a real idiot. If that was the case, how could I be here?" Klopp said, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo. "Will I (spend money)? The answer is I don't know. We will see."
"I know you would all buy a left-back but a midfielder? We had Emre Can on the bench, Lucas Leiva was not here. Emre has had a back problem but he warmed up OK and he could be on the bench. Lucas was not here, and you would ask for a hard midfielder?" he asked.