New Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has insisted he has no intentions of pursuing big names from his old club to help them out and has promised the fans that his side will play “memorable” football at Anfield, according to Bild. The German was unveiled as the manager of the Merseyside club on Friday following the sacking of Brendan Rodgers.
The former Dortmund manager, who signed a three-year contract at Anfield last Thursday, has revealed that he has no plans to sign his former players in order to strengthen his squad. The appointment of Klopp led to talk of him targeting Dortmund players including Mats Hummels, Ilkay Gundogan and Marco Reus.
However, the 48-year-old has downplayed these rumours and has insisted that ‘this in not his approach’. Liverpool’s hopes of capturing some of Dortmund’s star players were given another blow when the German club’s chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke stated that he would not expect Klopp’s arrival at Liverpool to unsettle his club’s key players.
“I am 100 percent certain that such a thing would never happen behind our backs," he told Bild.
“And Jurgen would also never do anything to harm BVB. We're too close to each other and have experienced too much together for that to happen.”
Klopp promises to make it work with the current crop of players
The day when Klopp was unveiled as the manager of Liverpool, the hype and buzz surrounding his appointment surprised the manager himself. But he has revealed that he had not demanded any funds for recruitment from the owners when the talks were being held.
“That doesn't interest me at all,” he said.
“It's only October, and I don't even know how many games there are until then [the start of the January transfer window].
“But there are only a few, so first we'll look at the people we have got.”
Klopp takes charge of Liverpool with high expectations set by the Anfield faithful. And the German said he had been given an objective by Liverpool’s owners.
“I spoke with the people responsible for a long time," he said. "It's simply to play memorable football. There's no question that my coaching team and I have taken on a huge challenge. But that was clear to us.
“Liverpool have not had any success for a long, long time and they've repeatedly changed their manager. In me, they've now hired a German who cannot perform any miracles either. But development does not work without time.”Published 12 Oct 2015, 19:00 IST