Jurgen Klopp made the headlines recently after hitting out at the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City for their history of signing a lot of players and spending a lot of money.
He believes that Liverpool won their Premier League and Champions League titles the right way, without ‘behaving like them’.
“For some clubs, it seems to be less important how uncertain the future is – [clubs] owned by countries, owned by oligarchs, that’s the truth,” the Reds boss said.
“We’re a different kind of club. We cannot just change it overnight and say, ‘So now we want to behave like Chelsea, now we want to behave like them’, now they’ve signed a lot of players.”
“That can be an advantage, of course, but that means they have to fit together pretty quickly as well. It’s not only about bringing quality in.”
Very subtle, Jurgen. But after the opening weekend of the Premier League campaign, his comments could be seen as a bit rich – no pun intended.
That’s because Liverpool’s starting XI against Leeds actually cost more than the new-look team Chelsea fielded against Brighton.
Check out a comparison of the two below.
Liverpool | Total cost: £356m
- Alisson – £67m
- Trent Alexander-Arnold – Academy
- Joe Gomez – £6m
- Virgil Van Dijk – £75m
- Andy Robertson – £8m
- Naby Keita – £57m
- Jordan Henderson – £20m
- Georginio Wijnaldum – £25m
- Mohamed Salah – £39m
- Roberto Firmino – £29m
- Sadio Mane – £30m
Chelsea | Total cost: £332m
- Kepa Arrizabalaga – £72m
- Reece James – Academy
- Kurt Zouma – £12m
- Andreas Christensen – Academy
- Marcos Alonso – £23m
- N’Golo Kante – £32m
- Jorginho – £51m
- Mason Mount – Academy
- Kai Havertz – £89m
- Ruben Loftus-Cheek – Academy
- Timo Werner – £53m
As you can see, Liverpool’s XI that beat Leeds 4-3 cost a whopping £356m while Frank Lampard’s starting side, featuring new boys Werner and Havertz, cost £24m less.
Klopp’s comments certainly look a little bit amusing now.
Maybe instead of firing shots, he should dip back into the transfer market this summer to ensure the Reds aren’t left behind all these clubs owned by ‘oligarchs’?
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