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Jurgen Klopp surprised by fee Manchester City paid for Raheem Sterling

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Raheem Sterling's controversial transfer to Manchester City certainly frustrated the Liverpool faithful in the summer of 2015, but what did current Reds boss Jurgen Klopp make of the deal?

The German coach, who replaced Brendan Rodgers in the Anfield dugout just a couple of months after Sterling's Merseyside departure, was asked about the notion of his side being a selling club during his press conference this afternoon. 

As well as Sterling, the likes of Fernando Torres and Luis Suarez have also made high-profile moves away from the club in recent years, but it appears that Klopp is pleased with the club's transfer structure.

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In fact, the only thing that appeared to surprise him is the fact that City purchased Sterling for "only" £49 million.

Speaking ahead of his side's Premier League fixture against Hull City on Saturday, as per the Liverpool Echo, the revered coach stated: “What was the number for Sterling? £80million? Only £49m!

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Liverpool transfer structure

“It shows a lot if you want - a club changing and not as successful as everyone wants so you need to make changes and everyone feels under pressure.

“Our transfer window was quite busy and I don’t want it to be that busy in future.

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“If you are really convinced (about a player) then development doesn’t stop after a year. You have more time and success. It’s about having consistency.

“The successful teams don’t have to change a lot. There is no need for Liverpool to be a selling club. Nobody calls and says: ‘come on, sell, we need money’.

“It’s about finding the right squad. I’m not that busy usually in transfer windows but it was the situation.

“The squad was quite big and we needed to do a few things. We brought in the players we wanted. We don’t have to buy another six next year. We feel confident with this squad.

“Change is sometimes good, but not everybody was 100% happy in the last years with the big amount of money we earned. But it’s not important anymore.

"We are here and trying to find some consistency.”

Liverpool form 

One thing is for sure, the Liverpool boss will be hoping to see his side produce yet another fine performance this weekend. The Merseyside outfit have been in fine form recently, winning four of their last five games in all competitions. 

But Hull City have enjoyed a fairly strong start to the season and will be hoping to cause another upset on Saturday. It certainly won't be easy for Mike Phelan's side, but it would be foolish to completely disregard their chances at this stage. 

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