Jurgen Klopp plays down Liverpool’s summer spending plans

Divock Origi Liverpool 2018-19

Jurgen Klopp plays down Liverpool’s summer spending plans

"It doesn't look too good but we have to wait".

"I hope he's frustrated about his season last season". Firmino is still with Brazil at the Copa America and Mane faces Benin with Senegal this evening.

"I seem to have come through it quite well, and I think it has shaped me into the player I am".

After the celebrations of being European champions, Klopp was in the mood to look forward to collect more honours.

It may have been Rhian Brewster who picked up all the headlines with two goals and an assist, but it is Ki-Jana Hoever who most impressed the Liverpool fans last night against Tranmere Rovers in the Reds' first pre-season match. Manager Jurgen Klopp said to be prepared to see the youngster a lot this season, as the team chose not to replace striker Daniel Sturridge in the transfer market.

Yet, having retained the core of the side that surged to Champions League glory, it would appear that Klopp has enough faith in his players to be able to mount a significant challenge to Manchester City's stronghold without another big summer spend.

"It is a hard pre-season for us - Sadio [Mane] is the [African Cup of Nations] semi-final which means he has two more games and will come late, the Brazilians have finally finished a 13-month season".

"We won it five weeks ago and I had a wonderful summer, the best summer I ever had because people didn't say when they wanted a picture with me, "I'm so sorry for you", which they usually did in the last five years", he added.

"Rhian is a top striker", said Klopp; "He is a top talent and I have told him already that he has an important role this year but how important depends on him".

Origi who joined Liverpool in 2014 from Lille, scored the second goal in Liverpool's Champions League final win against Premier League rivals Tottenham.

"I don't think we will change [much]; we can not change a lot, but we will not", said the manager.

Origi played 21 times last season, not making his first appearance until November 6 and starting just seven games.

The 18-year-old suffered a knee injury in Thursday's pre-season friendly win over Tranmere, and underwent a scan on Friday to assess the extent of the damage.

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