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Pep Guardiola Hits Back at Jurgen Klopp's Comments Over Manchester City's Summer Spending

By Amreen
Pep Guardiola has fired back at Jurgen Klopp after the Liverpool boss spoke on City's spending
Pep Guardiola has fired back at Jurgen Klopp after the Liverpool boss spoke on City's spending / IAN KINGTON/Getty Images

Pep Guardiola hit out at Jurgen Klopp's comments over Manchester City's summer spending, saying it shows that the club's owners want to invest in the club and not take money out of it.

City splashed out a British-record £100million on Jack Grealish from Aston Villa and have been touted to make an even bigger offer for Tottenham's Harry Kane.

Liverpool boss Klopp commented yesterday on City, Manchester United, and Chelsea's budgets compared to his own, and lamented: "We are allowed to spend the money we earn... they obviously don’t have any limits."

Guardiola was seemingly irked by the comments and hit back saying if City stay within Financial Fair Play limits, their owners can spend what they want. "Some owners want to benefit, our owners don’t want any benefits. So they don’t invest in the team, while we invest what we can," he said.

"Before there were only one or two clubs. Now there is Chelsea with [Roman] Abramovich and our club with Sheikh Mansour. They want to be buying into football. What is the problem? We have limits for Financial Fair Play and if they don’t agree [with City’s spending] they can go to court and make a statement.

"We bought Jack Grealish because we sold [players] for £60m so in the end we have spent £40m. We follow absolutely the rules. At our club, the owners don’t want to lose money of course but they want to spend, so we can do it. Years ago, when Manchester United won a lot of titles, it was because they spent more money than other clubs. Do you remember that? At that moment Man City couldn’t do it because we did not have the owners we have now."

Klopp also questioned United's transfer activity after the Red Devils snapped up Jadon Sancho for £72.9m from Borussia Dortmund, and agreed a £41m deal to sign Raphael Varane from Real Madrid.

He claimed: "What United are doing, I don't know how they did it. We have our own way to do it. We are allowed to spend the money we earn, that we always did. This year we spent before we earned money with Konate because after last season, just to be clear, we cannot take any risk in this position at all. I'm never surprised about the financial power of Chelsea, City or United, I've been here long enough to know they always find a solution to these things. We cannot compare to the other clubs."

Ibrahima Konate has been Liverpool's only transfer of the summer until now, but the Reds have also been linked to Atletico Madrid's Saul Niguez.