Opinion: Do not expect to see Liverpool splash the cash at will

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Liverpool have been linked with several players during the summer so far but one or two rumours have eye watering figures attached to them.

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp during training

Silly season is in full flow and Liverpool have had their fair share of, let us say, questionable links to players for rather vast sums of money. 

One of their main targets this summer has been someone that we have all heard of in Mario Gotze, and despite the saga that appears to have followed the Reds' initial interest, it appears it would cost around £20 million when it comes to a transfer fee to land the Germany World Cup winner from Bayern Munich. 

Transfers that have been completed by the Reds so far - Marko Grujic (back in January), Joel Matip and Loris Karius - all come in for under £10 million combined. 

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It does not suggest any outlandish spending is going to take place for the Reds. It does not suggest that a series of fairly big fees are going to be paid out on players that are fairly unknown to either the fans or to manager Jurgen Klopp

Two such stories so far have been Reuben Neves from Porto, according to Record, who has a clause of approximately £31 million. Having paid over the odds for players before, it would be foolish for the Reds to pay that amount for someone who is a 19-year-old, even if there is some quality about him. 

Another rumour was Yacine Brahimi for £45 million from the same club, according to a report from A Bola. Now, of course, the two examples are from the Portuguese press, and they could easily have been briefed by someone who is trying to get the best deal in terms of a transfer fee - or just letting others know that these players are available. 

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The Alex Teixeira saga from January was an example that Liverpool are prepared to walk away from deals if the cost is really that eye-watering. 

One doubts that much expense will be spared from Liverpool's owners, Fenway Sports Group, to give Klopp the backing that he desires, but given the kind of business that has been carried out so far, Klopp has a clear indication of what he wants to improve - the spine where things are tighter at the back and goals can come from different areas of the field. 

Liverpool may have the capability to spend upwards of £30 million on players, but having had their fingers burnt on a couple of occasions in the transfer market in the past, it would be a surprise if they were not trying to be that little bit shrewder this summer. There may even be one or two signings for a fee that would make you sit up and take notice.

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp

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