By Alex Taylor
Liverpool legend Michael Owen has praised Jurgen Klopp for his ruthless approach in the transfer market.
The German boss has allowed senior players Christian Benteke, Mario Balotelli, Joe Allen, Jordon Ibe, Martin Skrtel Brad Smith all to leave the club this summer for around £70million.
Klopp may have been pressured to hold onto to Benteke after his big money move to Anfield went through only last summer or to retain Allen after his impressive Euro 2016 campaign, but both have been allowed to leave the club.
“I like the way Klopp clears out players he doesn’t need,” Owen said on his personal Twitter account. “No messing. Nothing worse than having senior pros floating round not contributing.”
Fans of the Merseyside club will be concerned that during a window when Premier League clubs have never been richer as a result of the new TV deal the Reds ended up in the black.
Not including potential add-ons and signing on fees, their outlay was around £62million,a figure dwarfed by rivals Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea.
Klopp has brought in six new players, with Sadio Mane, Loris Karius, Georginio Wijnaldum, Joel Matip, Ragnar Klavan and Alex Manninger joining January signing Mario Grujic, who was loaned back to Red Star Belgrade for the second half of last season.
In other Liverpool transfer news, former Reds striker Benteke has spoken out on transfer deadline day about the difficulties he faced playing under Klopp at Anfield.