Liverpool have spent NGN116.2bn (£245m) in the last 12 months on transfers alone.

Though the club sold Philippe Coutinho for £142m to Barcelona in January; it has spent far more on record signings for the most expensive defender and goalkeeper in history.

Dutch defender, Van Dijk joined Liverpool in January 2018

Dutch centre-back, Virgil Van Dijk joined from Southampton in January 2018 for record fee of NGN35.5bn (£75m)

Brazil’s Alisson joins Liverpool on world record breaking deal for a goalkeeper

Brazil international goalkeeper, Alisson switched to Anfield in July in a deal worth NGN31.7bn (£66.8m)

Naby Keita, Guinea international from RB Leipzig for NGN23.7bn (£50m); Brail midfielder, Fabinho from Monaco in a deal worth NGN18.9bn (£40m); and Swiss international, Xherdan Shaqiri who joined from Stoke City after the World Cup for NGN6bn (£13m).

Despite these high transfers, manager, Jurgen Klopp is not certain the club can win the league.

Klopp though assures that the there is 100% ambition in the team and the players.

“I know about the expectations and that is completely normal,” Klopp said.

“We have the highest ambitions – 100%.”

With Liverpool’s last league win been in 1990, Kops fans will be expectant for another glory, especially after series of loses and near successes on the domestic and continental scenes.

Under Klopp alone, Liverpool have lost three cup finals including the Champions League defeat to Real Madrid in 2018; League Cup and Europa League final loses in his first season in 2015.

The 51-year-old is not ignorant of the fans hunger for trophies, an ambition which he responds to, saying: “It is the next step and we need to be ready for that.

“I cannot give guarantees here but I understand if people think that.

“First of all, we have to play the football that gives us an opportunity to win something. We cannot talk about winning something before we start the season.”

The two-time Champions League finalist is confident the club can be on last season’s performance where they finished fourth – their best finish since he took over.

“I am confident we can build on last season,” he added.

“The football the boys played last year was not easy. There was a lot of work invested into playing like that. That’s what we will do again. I am not in doubt about our basis or that we will reach it again.”

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