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Team spirit matters most to Klopp

Their biggest signing to date this summer is Senegal striker Saido Mane, who cost £34 million ($61m) from Southampton.

Liverpool also brought in German goalkeeper Loris Karius for £4.7m and Cameroon defender Joel Matip on a free transfer.

But, if Reds fans are hoping for more blockbuster signings, they could be in for disappointment.

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp is adamant that "big-name" signings do not guarantee a return to the top, reported Sky Sports.

The German insists that team spirit - as illustrated at Euro 2016 - will prove to be a more precious commodity as he looks to improve on last term's eighth-placed finish.

"Everyone expects big names and a big improvement because of big names and, if you don't know the players, it's like, 'What are we doing? What are they doing?'," 
said Klopp.

"Some clubs have already done a lot, but you cannot prove in this moment what's really right. What you have to do is prepare the new season.

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"If you want to have proof of the different ways that football can work, you only have to look at the European Championship.

"There were wonderful examples of what football really is about - building a team, creating a bond between the team, supporters and whole countries.

"At the moment, nobody thinks about the good games we played last season or the bad games.

"They only think Manchester United 
have taken this player 
or Manchester City have 
take this player and we have taken, 'What is the name?' and that is it.

"We have to build a 
special bond. It is using experience, using the base 
and not killing the base and starting completely new.

"That is what we are doing in the moment. I cannot make the transfers everyone wants." - Wire Services.

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