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Klopp insists Liverpool will not splash the cash following Gakpo arrival

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Jurgen Klopp has said Liverpool will not splash the cash this month following the arrival of Cody Gakpo at Anfield.

Gakpo officially became a Liverpool player on Sunday after completing a deal from PSV Eindhoven last week, with the January transfer window now open following the turn of the new year.

The Dutch international – who registered 30 goal contributions in 24 appearances for PSV this season – set Liverpool back an initial £37 million, with the Reds having pounced quickly to secure their man amid reported interest from Manchester United.

However, speaking ahead of Monday night’s game with Brentford, Jurgen Klopp has insisted that Liverpool will not be splashing the cash this month’s transfer market.

“I am now seven years and a few months here and every transfer window is pretty much the same,” he said. “We talk about these things as though money wouldn’t play a role. Like, ‘Who cares’.

“It is never like this, that you could just spend money. I don’t want to disappoint anybody but we signed an outstanding player like Cody Gakpo and the next thing you can read is, ‘Who next?’

“It is like we didn’t have a team, honestly. We cannot play like Monopoly. We never did and I don’t understand it.

“We always sorted our situations and it is a big part of my philosophy, really working full of faith and trust with the players we have and not constantly questioning them by telling them we need another player for that position or that position.

“With Cody, it is obvious. Not only because we have that void (on the left) now, the quality he has, the timing is perfect — if we waited until the summer he would be more expensive or someone else would have picked him. It is clear that you need real quality in all positions and probably two teams on the same level that you can rotate, and that is what we try to prepare.

“That somebody is now surprised when I say we will not now start splashing the cash — that should be really clear. Again, if there is something we can do — and that means the right player and financial situation — we will do it. And if not, then not.”

Liverpool could move up to fifth with a win at the Gtech community stadium on Monday evening.

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