Roy Evans – Why Jürgen Klopp should avoid the mistakes of Brendan Rodgers
Roy Evans asks Jürgen Klopp to avoid Brendan Roger’s mistake.
Jürgen Klopp has been urged by ex-Reds manager Roy Evans to avoid the mistakes of former manager Brendan Rodgers when he delves into the transfer market this summer.
The former Reds boss wants Klopp to sign three or four big names in the upcoming summer to make his first XI stronger.
While speaking to the Liverpool Echo, Evans said, “Hopefully we can stay in that top four, and that’s a big possibility, and then come the summer I hope he starts to make three or four big signings, rather than going the way Brendan Rodgers went in making seven or eight – and maybe not getting the same quality as a result.’’
All through the season, the German coach has hinted that the club needs to spend money if they’re to challenge at the top end of the Premier League. Klopp also stated that his plans to make suitable additions are already in place.
The two times Bundesliga winning coach has made six signings so far in Ragnar Klavan, Joël Matip, Sadio Mané, Marko Grujić, Loris Karius and Georginio Wijnaldum and five of them have featured regularly in the first team.
The last two summers under Brendan Rodgers saw the Merseyside club bringing in seventeen players among whom only three feature regularly in the current starting XI in Roberto Firmino, James Milner and Nathaniel Clyne while the likes of Mario Balotelli and Christian Benteke have proven to be less successful and were gradually sold OGC Nice and Crystal Palace respectively.
Evans, who managed Liverpool from 1994-1998, hopes to avoid a repeat this summer. During his tenure, the club broke the then British transfer record by signing centre-forward Stan Collymore for £8.5 million.
The repeat of similar record signings seems unlikely as Klopp prefers buying economically but the veteran Englishman feels that Klopp should not fear spending big money on the right players.
The upcoming transfer window could certainly prove to be a huge blessing for Liverpool as they seem to bolster their squad.