‘They had the resources to do it’: Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool can’t compete with Manchester City and big spenders in the market… and reveals he has watched Cristiano Ronaldo’s transfer saga ‘like a supporter’
- Jurgen Klopp conceded Liverpool can’t compete with big spenders in the market
- Manchester City have splashed the cash and also want Cristiano Ronaldo next
- Klopp said there must be ‘different ways’ of building instead of throwing money
- And he has also revealed his thoughts on the sensational Ronaldo transfer saga
Jurgen Klopp has admitted Liverpool can’t match the spending power of the likes of Manchester City, and also insisted there must be ‘different ways’ of building a team.
City have enjoyed a sensational window, having splashed the cash to bring in Jack Grealish for £100million, and they are also in talks to sign Cristiano Ronaldo, who wants to leave Juventus.
Meanwhile, Liverpool have been more frugal, spending just £36m on Ibrahima Konate so far, and Klopp has been forced to explain that his club are more restricted when it comes to their business.
Jurgen Klopp has admitted Liverpool can’t compete with big spenders in the transfer market
‘Do I expect a busy four days for us? Not really, but you never know,’ Klopp said during his pre-match press conference.
‘How much does it (signings from other clubs) change things? The options did not get worse for some teams, that is clear. There are so many different ways to win a football game, it is not all about bringing in new players.
‘We brought in Ibrahima Konate, he was not a bargain and cost money, but all these offensive attacking players other clubs are signing is something they thought they needed. They had the resources to do it.
City have signed Jack Grealish for £100million and enjoyed a superb summer of business so far
‘We will not use that as any kind of excuse and go for it with all we have.
‘I have no time to look at other clubs and think how will they line up. When we play them that is what we will do.’
Sportsmail has reported that City, who are expected to challenge for the title again with Liverpool, have opened talks with Ronaldo’s agent, Jorge Mendes, over a sensational swoop for the former Manchester United man.
Ronaldo has officially told Juventus about his wish to leave, and Klopp has conceded to having watched on, fixated, from the side-lines like other transfer fanatics.
Cristiano Ronaldo has said he wants to leave Juventus and City are in talks with Jorge Mendes
‘I watched that like a football supporter and it is not about me to judge that,’ he added, when questioned on the saga. ‘If other clubs can do this, it is not a business of the future. It is not now and immediately.
‘That is how some clubs are working and that is fine. There must be different ways, a team two or three years later and you need success. It is nice if you can win trophies, but even with the best squad in the world it is not possible every year.
‘You need to make sure you develop as a team and club and that is what we did.’
Klopp has also revealed his frustration at the growing club versus country storm, with players set to have to spend 10 days in hotel quarantine if they travel to a red-listed country on international duty next month.
Roberto Firmino (L), Alisson (C) and Fabinho (R) were blocked from going to red-list countries
‘There’s no chance,’ he said. ‘It’s never great for a club manager when players go on international duty, but we let them do it, the players want it and we are fine with it.
‘But this time it’s different. When you come back, you have to quarantine for 10 days – not in a hotel of your choice.
‘It’s eating, waiting and sleeping. As clubs we cannot do that.
‘The government hasn’t given the players an exemption even if they have been fully vaccinated.’
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