Southampton boss reveals why Jurgen Klopp was right to not to make Liverpool signings


After winning the Champions League and narrowly missing out on the Premier League title despite amassing 97 points, Klopp’s Liverpool were usually quiet in the transfer market.

The £1.3million capture of defender Sepp van den Berg was his biggest signing while goalkeepers Andy Lonergan and Adrian joined on a free and Harvey Elliot’s fee will be decided by a tribunal.

However, Hasenhuttl believes he was right to keep faith in the squad that served him so well last term and insists it is still one of the best in world football.

Saints host Liverpool at St Mary’s on Saturday and the Austrian was asked if he was surprised by their lack of activity.

“No, he has possibly the best team in Europe or the world,” Hasenhuttl replied.

“It is not easy to bring players in, then it is hard.

“When a team has nearly no weakness there’s no point making a signing just to sign someone, it makes no sense.”

Klopp’s side will go into the clash on the south coast as big favourites despite the game coming only three days after their European Super Cup victory over Chelsea in Istanbul.

The Liverpool boss claimed his Southampton counterpart would be glad to have watched the Chelsea game go to extra-time and penalties.

However, Hasenhuttl says his side will be taking nothing for granted.

“I heard the message from Jurgen that he thought we would celebrate, I was happy that they were playing longer – I was happy, but mostly because of the reason I have more pictures to show my players,” he said.

“Last year Liverpool I think they played 13 times in the week and in the 13 times they played at the weekend, they won 11 and drew two.

“This team has so much quality, and Jurgen tries to puts out maybe a little bit of an excuse for the fitness from his players.

“But he doesn’t have to, they have such quality, it is not a problem for them after 120 minutes on Wednesday to come here and make a good game.

“In modern football and especially with these big teams, they get used to it. We are at the beginning of the season and that does not really mean they are tired.

“I expect the best possible Liverpool team you can imagine, and we are preparing for this.

“This doesn’t interest me, though, because we want to show a reaction [after losing 3-0 at Burnley]. My players like to show up and that they can be a more difficult opponent than last week, this is the goal we have.”


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