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Jose Mourinho's salty reaction to Jurgen Klopp spending £75m on Virgil van Dijk

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Jurgen Klopp has been making headlines for the wrong reasons somewhat since splashing £75 million to sign Virgil van Dijk from Southampton earlier this week.

He's been made out to sound like a hypocrite having just last year bemoaned Jose Mourinho spending £89 million on Paul Pogba.

Back in July 2016, Klopp said the day players start costing him close to £100 million is the day he doesn't have a job. Well, on Wednesday, he did just that.

"Other clubs can go out and spend more money and collect top players," said Klopp 18 months ago. "But if you bring one player in for £100million and he gets injured it all goes through the chimney.

"Do I have to do it differently to that? Actually, I want to do it differently. The day that this is football, I'm not in a job anymore, because the game is about playing together."

It's not entirely Klopp's fault, of course. Since Pogba joined Manchester United for a then-world record £89 million, the transfer market has gone crazy.

Paris Saint-Germain signed Neymar for £198 million in the 2017 summer transfer window, while Kylian Mbappe will also complete a £166 million move at the end of the season.

Due to the current climate, Klopp had no choice but to spend over the odds for Van Dijk, which Mourinho actually understands.

But that didn't stop United's manager from making a sarcastic remark about the hypocritical way Klopp reacted to him signing Pogba last year. He ranted:

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"I think the one's that speak about it in a specific way has to be Jurgen and if I was one of you, I would ask him about his comments about one year ago.

"But not speaking specifically about that case, because in Liverpool they do what they want to do, and I am nobody to comment on what they do.

"The reality is that if they think that the player is the right player for them and they really want the player, they pay his amount, or they don't have the player because that is the way the market is at that time.

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"So when we compare now the amount of money certain managers and clubs spend, to try to compare that, I am not saying even 10 years ago, but even three years ago, is to compare the impossible.

"You cannot compare the realities. Van Dijk is the most expensive defender in history of football - was he better than Paolo Maldini, Giuseppe Bergomi or Rio Ferdinand?

"You cannot say that, it's just the way the market is, and you pay or you don't pay. If you pay, obviously you pay a crazy amount of money, but if you don't, you don't have the player.

"It's as simple as that, so no critics at all about what Liverpool did, it's just the way it is."

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