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Jurgen Klopp hints at quiet summer as he trusts current squad to stay on top

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The effect of the coronavirus outbreak is likely to have a significant impact on transfer activity.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admits he cannot spend "millions and millions" on squad reinforcements for his newly-crowned Premier League champions but does not believe he will need to.

The effect of the coronavirus outbreak is likely to have a significant impact on transfer activity for the majority of clubs this summer but Klopp insists even if he had a significant war chest to spend it would not necessarily be the easiest or right thing to do.

Liverpool's first league title in 30 years was achieved by a squad four years in the making and while the Reds boss will obviously look to strengthen – especially with the likely departures of fringe players Xherdan Shaqiri and Adam Lallana to name two – he thinks it will be difficult to make significant improvements.

The club have already stepped aside in deciding not to compete with Chelsea for the £54million signing of RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner.

"Covid has of course influenced both sides with ins and outs, that is completely normal, and it's just not likely that it will be the most busy summer in the world," Klopp said.

"But maybe at a later point in the year, if the transfer window is still open, we will know more. But this squad...look at it.

"It is not a squad you have to change now and say 'OK, we need this position and this position'.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists they will take a more thoughtful approach to transfers (Richard Sellers/PA)

"We don't have a first XI, I say we have a first 16 or 17, they can all play to the same level. But we have to use this, 100 per cent.

"We cannot spend millions and millions and millions because we want to or we think it is nice to do. We never wanted that."

Since the £65m purchase of Alisson Becker, then a world-record fee for a goalkeeper, in the summer of 2018 Liverpool's spending has been modest and minimal.

Youngsters Harvey Elliott (whose fee from Fulham has to be decided by tribunal) and Sepp Van Den Berg (£1.3m) have been joined by Adrian (free) and Takumi Minamino (£7.25m).

During that time the club has invested in longer contracts for their key personnel, meaning they spent a Premier League-high £30m on agents fees last year.

And Klopp suggested the continued rise of youngsters within and around the first team deserves further exploration.

The likes of Wales under-19 international Neco Williams becoming Trent Alexander-Arnold's deputy and exciting Liverpool-born academy graduate Curtis Jones and fellow young forward Elliott fully integrating themselves into the team remains a realistic possibility.

"We want to strengthen this squad and this squad is strong. The problem with a strong squad is how do you improve a strong squad in the transfer market?" added Klopp.

"It works with money, obviously, that is possible. But it never works only with money.

"You have to be creative and we try to be creative. We try to find solutions internally and there is still a lot to come: we have three or four players who can make big steps."

"When we (former club Borussia Dortmund) became champions in 2011 nobody told us we had to become champions again.

"People may expect from us to win the league again. That is possible, I don't know, but when I think of next year I don't think about winning it again.

"That doesn't mean we don't want it, only that there are a lot of steps to go between now and then."

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