Liverpool boss: I’m no genius but I will make tough decisions
By Alex Taylor
Jurgen Klopp will not listen to fans, family or even his best friend when making decisions over his squad at Anfield.
The German manager joined Liverpool in October 2015 after replacing Brendan Rodgers on Merseyside.
Rodgers was a member of the Liverpool transfer committee that failed to find cover for the departing Luis Suarez, with high profile additions like Mario Balotelli and Lazar Markovic both struggling to make an impact at the club.
The former Dortmund boss believes he will not face the same issues as he does not listen to other people in regards to his summer dealings.
“No of course not,” Klopp told ESPN when asked if he could take feelings from supporters, players or even best friends into account. “I’m afraid of displeasing my family or whatever but not the other people because … they’re interested in what we’re doing, but of course they are not in the situation. So in the situation I have to make the decision, that’s no problem.
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“When I was a very young manager, I had to tell my best friend – we played together of course two years before – and I had to tell him that I don’t want to extend his contract. So you can imagine it’s not… the best thing to do in your life.
“You have to make decisions. When you’re convinced about a decision you have to make it, and the truth is sometimes not what people want to hear. But in my job, it’s just what I have to say.
“I’m far away from being a genius so I need advice from other people but the decision at the end, it’s always alone. You have to decide alone.”
The Reds have made big-money deals for both Sadio Mane and Georginio Wijnaldum in recent weeks, costing the club £34million and £25million respectively.
Jurgen Klopp has also sanctioned the acquisitions of Joel Matip, Ragnar Klavan, Loris Karius, Marko Grukic and Alex Manninger this summer.
In other Liverpool team news, Lucas Leiva could be offered the captaincy by Newcastle to persuade him to drop down to the Championship.