Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp defends summer transfers and ‘doesn’t care’ about hypocrisy claims

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp defends summer transfers and ‘doesn’t care’ about hypocrisy claims


‘We don’t care’

The club have spent big so far on Alisson, Fabinho and Naby Keita

Liverpool have spent big this summer and Jurgen Klopp has had to shrug off claims he is a hypocrite following the club’s spending spree.

So far, the Reds have made Alisson the most expensive goalkeeper ever when he arrived from Roma in a £67million deal, while in January Virgil van Dijk became the most expensive defender in football when he joined for £75m.

Van Dijk joined Liverpool for £75m in January

Van Dijk joined Liverpool for £75m in January

In addition, Fabinho signed from Monaco, while midfielder Naby Keita has joined from RB Leipzig and Xherdan Shaqiri from Stoke.

However, when Manchester United paid £89m for Paul Pogba in 2016, Klopp suggested he would quit the game if those large fees became the norm rather than the exception.

“The day that this is football, I’m not in a job anymore. Because the game is about playing together,” he said.

Asked about his comments ahead of Liverpool’s friendly against his former club, Borussia Dortmund, he said: “That’s the problem these days, you say something and whatever bulls**t you say, nobody will forget it.

“I could not imagine that the world would change like that – two and a half years ago, £100m was crazy money, since then the world obviously changed.

“In this moment we signed the world’s most expensive goalkeeper; there will be a few, nice transfers in this window still. It will happen a lot.

Klopp was critical of Man United’s purchase of Pogba in 2016

Klopp was critical of Man United’s purchase of Pogba in 2016

“It is only an opinion in that moment. Did I change my opinion? Yes. That is true. But it is better to change your opinion than never have one.

“We don’t care about what the world around is thinking. Like Man United didn’t care what I had to say about [Pogba].

“Whatever people say and bring it up again and again, I have had worse days in my life and worse things happen to me. We have the players we wanted. I am fine with that.”





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