By Emma Sanders
Jurgen Klopp hopes he will not need to make a new signing at Liverpool again if the club can continue to bring through talented academy youngsters.
The German boss is expected to name a number of youngsters in the squad which will face Tottenham in the EFL Cup on Tuesday evening.
Since Klopp’s arrival, Liverpool have made some dramatic changes to the running of the academy and the use of their young players.
The former Borussia Dortmund manager hopes to bring through enough quality youth talent to avoid having to spend money on new signings in the future.
“Of course it is cool if we have 10 players from the academy and we make no signing in the transfer window,” Klopp told the Liverpool Echo.
“I would love to be part of the press conference when I say this, ‘No signings this year.’ Then it would be: ‘But we need this, this, this and this.’ I’d say: ‘But we have already’ and nobody would believe me.”
Klopp’s decision not to invest in new full-backs or a defensive midfielder during the summer transfer window was greatly questioned by fans and the media.
However, academy stars Trent Alexander-Arnold, Kevin Stewart and Ovie Ejaria has come through as bright young talents all capable of playing in those positions.
The trio are expected to feature against Tottenham, with Stewart lined up to make his sixth first team appearance this season.