Jurgen Klopp has already identified one player he wants to sign in the summer

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It’s no real surprise to see both Manchester clubs occupying the top-two positions in the Premier League this season.

Jose Mourinho has spent almost £300 million on his United squad since he arrived last summer while, during the same time, Pep Guardiola has paid more than £350 million in transfer fees.

While other clubs simply can’t compete with them in the transfer market, both Liverpool and Spurs are holding out hope of finishing above Mourinho’s side in the league table this season.

As for City, no side will be finishing above them.

But it seems Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp - and the owners - have realised that they need to rub shoulders with the two Manchester clubs when it comes to spending if they want to land their first ever Premier League title.

The German manager spent £75 million on Virgil van Dijk in January and insists that, if the right player is available, the transfer fee is irrelevant.

KLOPP: LIVERPOOL READY TO SPEND BIG

“I think the transfer fees only jumped in the last year,” said Klopp. “We cannot say the exact numbers but was it £40m for Mo Salah? I would say that’s decent money.

“This club will do what we have to do; the owners are ready for that but it doesn’t mean we only spend in this category.

“When the player is the right player it is not important how expensive he was. He needs to fit in the team, that’s why we paid the price. It has to be right. You can’t say you want a player, they give you a number and you say: ‘Right we will pay that!’ That’s not how it should work.

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“Probably a few teams have players and other clubs will want to buy them. But we all need to stay kind of serious. If the player is the right player, this club will pay big money and let the group grow. If it’s not the right player, the value of the player doesn’t matter.”

THERE'S ONE PLAYER ON KLOPP'S WISHLIST

So, it seems Liverpool are ready to spend big in the summer but who will they sign?

Well, according to the Daily Mail, there’s already one player on Klopp’s wishlist.

They claim that Napoli midfielder Jorginho is wanted by Klopp with the manager willing to splash the cash to sign the Italy international. The 26-year-old has also been linked with a move to Old Trafford and it seems there could well for a fight for his signature this summer.

He is likely to cost similar to what they spent on Van Dijk but, as Klopp insists, 'when the player is the right player it is not important how expensive he was.'

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