John Barnes has complete faith in Jurgen Klopp's transfer policy, after the news that long-time Liverpool target Timo Werner will not be moving to Anfield.
The Reds have been linked with a move for the Red Bull Leipzig striker for a number of months, with the player himself frequently praising Klopp’s side in public.
But it appears that Werner will instead be signing for Chelsea, and the rumour has left some Reds fans stil disgruntled.
Barnes acknowledges the quality of Werner, but says that if Klopp wanted him so badly, then he would be moving to Anfield.
The Reds legend also has faith in Klopp’s decision making in the transfer market, which has led to a large amount of trust in the German since becoming Liverpool boss in 2015.
“We’ve seen over the last couple of years that we trust Jurgen Klopp,” Barnes told BonusCodeBets.co.uk.
He added: “If Klopp wanted him, he would have got him, he would have demanded that they paid the money if he felt it was worth it.
“If he doesn’t feel its worth it, whether it is money or whatever reason, then we don’t get him.
“So, I think that had Liverpool wanted him, he would have gone to Liverpool rather than Chelsea.
“I’m not saying that he’s not a good player, but Klopp has taken a decision that he didn’t want him that badly in terms of the money that they were going to spend and we trust him and we’re not going to feel that we’ve lost out to Chelsea, we would not have lost out to Chelsea had Klopp wanted him badly enough.”
Barnes has also been comparing Klopp’s transfer strategy at Liverpool, to that of Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United and Arsene Wenger at Arsenal.
The pair won many Premier League titles during theit time at their respective clubs, and Barnes believes Klopp is following a similar plan with transfers with Liverpool.
“They didn’t constantly redevelop the team every year or every six months, they did it over three or four years, they kept the nucleus of a squad and every now and again they brought in players,” Barnes added.
“Every year, they didn’t sign five or six players.
“If you look at Manchester United’s team, that’s why the players stayed for such a long time, Arsenal is the same.
“They brought in one or two and Liverpool have been doing that.
They’ve bought a couple of players in January and maybe they will sign more players, so the idea of signing players and missing a trick by not signing players, that doesn’t happen anymore and Arsenal and Manchester United didn’t do that, they changed the team every so often, they didn’t do it every year and Liverpool don’t need to do it.
“In the last two years, they’ve been the best team in the world by far because of the consistency and losing two games, even when they came second to Manchester City, so there’s no need to do it.
“Maybe next year or the year after, who knows. But at this moment in time, I don’t see the need to do that at all.”