Jurgen Klopp Takes a Dig at Chelsea and Manchester City's Lavish Spending

Sep 10, 2020, 1:26 PM GMT+5:30
Jurgen Klopp
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says his side can still succeed without spending big | Pool/Getty Images

Jurgen Klopp took a sly dig at Chelsea and Manchester City, claiming it would take a lot more than a £200 million spending spree to wrench the title from Liverpool’s grasp.

Chelsea have, so far, been the highest-spending club in the Premier League, signing several big stars, including Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, Hakim Ziyech, Ben Chilwell, and Thiago Silva.

Manchester City, too, have bolstered their ranks by splashing the cash on Nathan Ake and the immensely talented Ferran Torres from Valencia. Meanwhile, Liverpool have only made one signing so far in the ongoing window - left back in Kostas Tsimikas from Olympiacos.

"We live in a world at the moment with a lot of uncertainty," Klopp told Kelly Cates in an interview on BBC Radio 5 Live.

"For some clubs it seems less important how uncertain the future is. Owned by countries, owned by oligarchs, that's the truth. We are a different kind of club."

However, he did add that Liverpool need to be careful next season. Klopp said: "We got to the Champions League final two years ago, we won it last year. We became Premier League champions last season by being the club we are.

"We cannot change it overnight and say, "Now we want to behave like Chelsea."

"They are signing a lot of players. That can be an advantage, but that means they have to fit together. You cannot bring in the 11 best players in the world and just hope a week later they play the best football.

"It's about working on the training ground. That will probably be an advantage for us. We've worked quite a while with each other."

Thiago Alcantara remains a transfer target, but the Reds have refused to stump up the £27m required to sign him from Bayern Munich.