Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admits he understands Fenway Sports Group’s decision to not throw money at the January transfer window.
Injuries to Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip have left the champions threadbare at the back, with Manchester United set to usurp them at the top of the table.
Many expected Klopp to be active in the window after months of speculation linking him with a defensive arrival.
However, it has now been reported that Liverpool could be in for a quiet month and will instead wait for the summer before their next big transfer splash.
That led to some supporters criticising FSG's stance with the Reds embroiled in a tight race for the Premier League title.
But Klopp has claimed the club’s owners are “very generous” and in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic it is correct to be cautious in the market.
“In good times everybody thinks our owners are really generous and in bad times everyone thinks they are really tight, but they are not,” he said.
“They are absolutely concerned about the club and the success of the club and understand how we have it.
“They see exactly the same things I see about the necessity to sign players and things like this.
“It is not that I say: ‘A centre-half would be really nice,’ and they say: ‘Wow, a centre-half? Really? Why?’ It’s all clear. It’s all on the table.
“We work on it, as you can imagine, but January is not the easiest transfer window and on top of that it is not having the money exactly as you want.”
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The Liverpool boss went on to suggest that if the situation was different across the world, he would be looking for new additions. But with games still being played closed behind doors and clubs losing out on revenue on a weekly basis it is not the right time for what he labels a “massive investment”.
“If the world was in a completely normal place and we have this situation, you could be sure we would try everything to do the right thing now,” Klopp added. “But the world is not in a normal place so I don’t know why we constantly treat a football club like it’s independent from all the other struggles around.
“It is not a time for massive investment if you don’t have the funds for it. Obviously football clubs live off what they earn. We still don’t have supporters in the stadium, a lot of stuff is still different, and that has gone on for a long time.”
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