‘We live in a world with a lot of uncertainty… we’re a different kind of club’: Jurgen Klopp has a pop at Man City and Chelsea and insists Liverpool cannot match their title rivals in the transfer market
Jurgen Klopp has turned the spotlight on Chelsea and Manchester City over their transfer spending.
The Liverpool manager has made only one addition to the squad that won the title last season, bringing in back-up left back Kostas Tsimikas from Olympiacos for £11.25million.
‘We live in a world at the moment with a lot of uncertainty,’ he told Kelly Cates in an interview on BBC Radio 5 Live.
Jurgen Klopp has stressed that Liverpool don’t need to spend big to enjoy major success
Manchester City signed centre back Nathan Ake this summer for a fee of £40million
‘For some clubs it seems less important how uncertain the future is. Owned by countries, owned by oligarchs, that’s the truth. We are a different kind of club.’
Chelsea have brought in Timo Werner — a player Liverpool had pursued before the coronavirus pandemic — Kai Havertz, Thiago Silva, Ben Chilwell and Hakim Ziyech for over £200million in total.
City have completed big-money deals for Nathan Ake and Ferran Torres and also want another new defender. Klopp says Liverpool must be more careful.
He said: ‘We got to the Champions League final two years ago, we won it last year. We became Premier League champions last season by being the club we are.
Chelsea have spent significantly, with £89million Kai Havertz among their many purchases
Klopp stressed that working together on the training ground can prove to be hugely beneficial
‘We cannot change it overnight and say, “Now we want to behave like Chelsea.”
‘They are signing a lot of players. That can be an advantage, but that means they have to fit together.
‘You cannot bring in the 11 best players in the world and just hope a week later they play the best football.
‘It’s about working on the training ground. That will probably be an advantage for us. We’ve worked quite a while with each other.’
Kostas Tsimkas, who joined from Olympiacos for £11.25m, is Liverpool’s only signing so far