Jürgen Klopp has revealed the two main traits he looks for when targeting new players for the club.
Speaking to ESPN, the Liverpool manager says that attitude and character are the main characteristics he looks for in new recruits.
Liverpool have brought two new faces in so far this summer, club-record signing Mohamed Salah and 19-year old Dominic Solanke.
Klopp is targeting more signings, with documented interest in Virgil Van Dijk and Naby Keita, and says a player’s character is one of the most important aspects he looks at during a recruitment process.
“It’s outstandingly important because life is always easy in the moment when everything is right — the weather is good, family is good — then you function in your work too.
“Staying on track in difficult moments is what you need character for, being ready to fight in difficult circumstances, ready to fight with enemies in yourselves.
“For all people, not just in football, it’s the most important thing. What I don’t like is too often in life people say: ‘That’s my character, I cannot change’ because most of the things we can change.
“You can develop, even in this department. But for me, it’s really important. Players need to be good very, very good, but they need to be ready to make the next step and not to stay in the moment they are at this time.”
Klopp says all players the club target have to be the right fit for Liverpool, and that he will never target a player for the sake of it.
“There are a lot of players out there and Liverpool is a club who can afford, maybe not all of them, but a lot. It’s very important that we don’t go for it and close our eyes and pick and then we start thinking about where he fits in.
“It’s a long process. It should be both. It’s about skills. Being unique, it’s not that — it’s cool but it has to fit into the squad.
“That’s the thing. It’s different departments of this business. He needs to fit from character, his position. He needs to fit in about the greed to be successful or from his experience of already being successful.
“There’s always something that you miss a little bit in a team, or you have it but you don’t have it often enough, so you go for this. That’s how it works. That’s a long way until you finalise a transfer.”
This summer is first transfer window with Michael Edwards the club’s Sporting Director, and Klopp says he is happy with the relationship between the two of them.
The FSG man has remained in the UK to continue dialogue with other clubs whilst the first team squad are in Hong Kong.
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On his relationship with Edwards, Klopp said: “It’s very close, how you can imagine. Of course, I’m involved. In England, because our owners are in America, I have the final say.
“That’s how it is. I can only decide about the money I want or whatever — that is not the case, of course. I like the partnership with Michael, I like it.
“I know I’m responsible for all the things that work or not work, but I really think he’s a fantastic partner to do this kind of business.”