‘They had the resources to do it’: Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool cannot compete with Manchester City and the big players in the market… and reveals he watched Cristiano Ronaldo’s transfer saga ‘like a supporter’
- Jurgen Klopp admitted Liverpool cannot compete with big players in the market
- Manchester City have spent the money and also want Cristiano Ronaldo next
- Klopp said there should be ‘different ways’ to build rather than throw money
- And he’s also revealed his thoughts on Ronaldo’s sensational transfer saga
Jurgen Klopp has admitted Liverpool can’t match the buying power of players like Manchester City, also stressing that there must be “different ways” to build a team.
City have had a sensational spell, having spent the money to bring in Jack Grealish for £100 million, and are also in talks to sign Cristiano Ronaldo, who is looking to leave Juventus.
Meanwhile, Liverpool have been more frugal, spending just £36million on Ibrahima Konate so far, and Klopp was forced to explain that his club is more limited when it comes to their business.
Jurgen Klopp has admitted Liverpool cannot compete with big spenders in the transfer market
‘Do I expect four busy days for us? Not really, but you never know,” Klopp said during his pre-match press conference.
“How much does it (notes from other clubs) change things? The options didn’t get any worse for some teams, that’s for sure. There are so many different ways to win a football game, it’s not just about bringing in new players.
“We brought in Ibrahima Konate, he wasn’t a bargain and cost money, but all those attacking attacking players that other clubs are attracting thought they needed. They had the resources to do it.
City have signed Jack Grealish for £100m and have had a great summer of business so far
“We won’t use that as an excuse and go for it with everything we have.
“I don’t have time to look at other clubs and think how they will line up. If we play them, we will.’
Sports post have reported that City, who are expected to battle for the title again with Liverpool, have opened talks with Ronaldo’s agent, Jorge Mendes, over a sensational attack on the former Manchester United man.
Ronaldo has officially told Juventus of his desire to leave, and Klopp has admitted he has watched from the sidelines, fixated, like other transfer fanatics.
Cristiano Ronaldo has said he wants to leave Juventus and City are in talks with Jorge Mendes
“I’ve seen that as a football supporter and it’s not for me to judge that,” he added when asked about the saga. “If other clubs can do this, it’s not a business of the future. It is not now and immediately.
“That’s how some clubs work and that’s fine. There must be several ways, a team two or three years later and you need success. It’s nice when you can win trophies, but even with the best team in the world you can’t do that every year.
“You have to make sure that you develop as a team and club and we have done that.”
Klopp has also expressed frustration at the growing club versus country storm, with players having to spend 10 days in hotel quarantine next month if they travel to a red-listed country for international service.
“There’s no chance,” he said. “It’s never fun for a club manager when players go on international service, but we let them do it, the players want it and we’re fine with it.
“But this time it’s different. When you return, you will be quarantined for 10 days – not in a hotel of your choice.
‘It’s eating, waiting and sleeping. We as clubs cannot do that.
“The government has not exempted the players, even though they have been fully vaccinated.”