Former Liverpool star John Barnes has urged the fans to trust Jurgen Klopp's transfer insights, even when the German manager signs relatively unknown players instead of world-renowned stars.
The Reds have already made two signings since Klopp took over the manager's position from Brendan Rodgers, with youngster Marko Grujic and centre-back Joel Matip set to join in the summer.
The former is someone only followers of Serbian football were likely familiar with before the links started popping up, and the latter is unlikely to be the style of target the club would have chased one year ago.
As reported by James Gray of the Daily Express, Barnes expects more players to arrive next season, and he believes Klopp's experience turning unknown players into stars means fans should be patient:
It's going to be more than one or two transfers in.
I think you can see we have the basis of a good team but more importantly we're going to trust Jurgen.
If he brings in four or five players, even if we haven't heard of them, and he knows they can fit into his style and strategy and what he wants to do, we have to trust him enough to do that.
We can't be disappointed that we haven't signed Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi or the best players in the world.
Whoever he signs, regardless of whether we've heard of them or not, will help Liverpool because he will know how to get the best out of them.
Klopp rose to fame as the manager of Borussia Dortmund, a club he helped rebuild after one of the worst stretches in the history of Die Schwarzgelben. He discovered players such as Robert Lewandowski and Lukasz Piszczek and signed youngsters like Mats Hummels and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, players who had previously failed to make an impression at big clubs.
Armed with plenty of young talent, Klopp took Dortmund all the way to the final of the UEFA Champions League and the Bundesliga title, less than a decade after the club was nearly relegated.
At Anfield, the German will have more money to work with in the transfer market, but he has always prioritised finding the right players who fit his explosive system and is not expected to change the way he evaluates players.
Per Bundesliga expert Clark Whitney, the Matip signing is a prime example:
Liverpool to sign Matip on a free transfer - Klopp gets his man from BVB's arch-rivals. Once a Dortmunder, always a Dortmunder, I suppose— Clark Whitney (@Mr_Bundesliga) February 15, 2016
Matip will join the club as a free agent, per Gray, and presents exceptional value given his age―he's just 24 years old―and tremendous upside. Grujic is even younger, and his long-term potential makes him a smart investment.
Most importantly, they are two players Klopp believes fit his system, unlike some of the pieces he has to work with right now. Liverpool's results haven't always been great since the German was hired, but per Barnes, that was to be expected:
Liverpool are inconsistent because I don't think that Jurgen has had time to implement his own strategy with his own players so it's difficult to show any level of consistency. But I think that as you saw against Aston Villa, against Chelsea away and Man City away, it is happening but there are inconsistencies too.
When next season comes and Jurgen has had a good pre-season to get his ideas and strategy across and get in his own players then we can see a much more consistent Liverpool.
We'll see whether Klopp alters his transfer policy slightly now that he has more funds to work with, but in all likelihood, he'll continue to chase unexpected targets he believes can help him win the Premier League title.
For example, Portuguese outlet O Jogo (h/t Uche Amako in the Express) believes the Reds will rival Manchester United for young midfielder Renato Sanches, another player who was a relative unknown just a few months ago. And the Sunday People's Neil Moxley believes he's eyeing former Arsenal youngster Havard Nordtveit, now with Borussia Monchengladbach.
Judging by his excellent track record in Germany, there's every reason to believe he'll find similar success in England, and fans will likely follow Barnes' advice and trust the manager.