Jurgen Klopp makes Liverpool transfer declaration amid Premier League success

Jurgen Klopp insists Liverpool’s recent success means they are now able to attract world class talent to the club.

But he has vowed that the Reds will not be “going mad” in the summer transfer window.

Liverpool will extend their lead at the top of the Premier League back to 22 points if they beat West Ham on Monday night.

That would leave them just four wins away from claiming a first league title in 30 years amid what has been a remarkable campaign.

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The Reds have been the standout team in Europe for some time and are set to break several Premier League records this season.

They are also on course to retain their Champions League title, although they will have to turn around a 1-0 deficit against Atletico Madrid.

This recent success has made the club an increasingly attractive proposition for top players.

Timo Werner has become the latest player to express his admiration for the European and world champions with the RB Leipzig striker suggesting he would be a good fit at Anfield.

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And Klopp knows they are now a ‘destination’ club but believes the right attitude and a readiness to fight for a first-team place are as important as any raw talent.

“Usually if people mention ‘the best team in the world,’ you think of Real Madrid from a few years ago, Barcelona from a few years ago, Man City of the last two years and stuff like this,” said the Reds boss.

“The team we have is about attitude – go and go and go – mixed with really good football players.

“We are for sure more critical of our performances because they (people) only see the results, which are exceptional – no doubt about that – but we don’t see ourselves as the best in the world.

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“On the one side, it’s easier if players see you as that. If they see you are successful, it’s easier to get into talks with players.

“But on the other side, it’s more difficult the better your team is because they ask questions like ‘where and when would I play?’

“We need players who want to be part of this, who want to fight for their spot, who want to make the next step together with us, who want to develop and improve so that’s it.

“We have these players and whoever wants to join us, needs to have exactly this kind of attitude.”

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Liverpool are expected to do more business this summer than they did last time around but Klopp admits suitable targets will not be easy to find.

“The CV (we are looking for), it’s not easy to fulfil,” he said. “The age group of the team is good in the moment. In two or three years, maybe it’ll be different but for the moment, it’s good.

“It depends on what you want – is it a good age for selling? Probably not. But is it a good age for performing? Yes. So there’s a lot of things we have to think about. It’s an interesting period.”

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