Klopp responds to £60m forward transfer speculation - "I like him"

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Jürgen Klopp admits that the pressure is on to deliver silverware as he enters his third full season in charge of Liverpool after a productive summer in the transfer market.

The German has been under intense scrutiny ever since his two costly errors in the Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid in May.

Liverpool have not won the league since 1990 and, despite European success, a Premier League title remains the dream of fans.

"To those who take joy in seeing other people fail or suffer, I feel for you", an Instagram post from Karius read.

'I sit next to him in the changing room and we have a lot of banter; my French is awful but I try my best.

"I'm fine with him, 100 per cent".

Four players, Danny Ward, Emre Can, Jon Flanagan and Jordan Williams have already sealed a movably from Merseyside the club on permanent deals and the 23-year-old Belgian forward is expected to follow their path.

"For all the talk of potentially restructuring the £53million deal that collapsed last month, I can't see Liverpool going back in for him".

The England worldwide was plagued by multiple injuries last season, limiting his appearances to just 14 for the Reds during the first half of the season.

Klopp expects the competition to be stronger this season and cited Premier League champions Manchester City breaking their transfer record to sign Algeria winger Riyad Mahrez for £60m from Leicester. With the ball he has the same speed as without, you don't have a lot of players with this quality. That's what we will do again. I am not in doubt about our basis or that we will reach it again.

And in the process Klopp believes that he will help Liverpool with his goals, which have always been important for the team.

"First and foremost, my responsibility is for this club to be as successful as possible, and it's not about pushing through my thoughts on that and saying: "no, I don't want to buy players, and I don't want to pay big money" and stuff like that", Klopp said.

City boss Pep Guardiola said he could sympathise with Klopp's decision to spend big in new arrivals, with their rivals splashing the cash ahead of the new campaign. I think it will improve me as a player.

The Reds have added Naby Keita, Fabinho, Xherdan Shaqiri and Alisson Becker over the course of this summer - and while that quartet set Liverpool back £170m, the clearout is more about streamlining the squad rather than a need to recoup funds. Definitely this year we'll be pushing for more trophies.