Jurgen Klopp acknowledges that Liverpool might need to “change their approach and explore other options” in the transfer market as there are reports suggesting they have abandoned their pursuit of Jude Bellingham.
As he spoke prior to Liverpool’s Premier League visit to Leeds United on Monday, the manager of the Reds briefly touched upon the suggestion that they are no longer in contention to sign Borussia Dortmund and England sensation Bellingham.
Bellingham rumors have been constantly heard around Liverpool
Earlier in the week, reports indicated that the club has concluded that acquiring the 19-year-old midfielder would consume a significant portion of their budget during a transfer window in which they must acquire multiple players.
The German said: “It’s nothing to say about, to be honest,” Klopp told a press conference.
“If we don’t speak about players we sign, or not sign, why would we now speak about this kind of speculation and this kind of news? So it’s really nothing to say about.”
The manager spoke generally about pursuing top players and how even Liverpool can’t get all targets.
Bellingham is a target for Europe’s top clubs and Liverpool were front-runners for him.
The Reds may miss next season’s Champions League, and thus, may change their targets.
Liverpool is most likely to miss out on the Champions League
Klopp added: “It’s not about Jude Bellingham, my answer now, definitely not. I never understood why we constantly talk about things we theoretically cannot have.
“We cannot have six players in the summer where everyone’s £100million, for example. Everybody would say that’s kind of clear.
“You have to realise what you can do, and then you have to work with that. So how much money do we have available? And then you have to work with that.
“We are not children. If you ask a five-year-old what they want for Christmas and they tell you, ‘I want to have a Ferrari’, you wouldn’t say ‘that’s a good idea’, you would say ‘that’s too expensive and anyway, you cannot drive it.’
“That’s how it is. If this kid is then his whole life unhappy because he cannot get a Ferrari that would be a sad life, but it’s just what can you do, and then you do it and you work with that.
“Whatever I want, what we need and what we want, we try absolutely everything to get it.
“But there are moments where you have to accept this or that is not possible for us and just step aside and do different stuff.”