Jurgen Klopp has taken another subtle dig at Chelsea’s spending this summer, suggesting clubs owned by ‘oligarchs’ are less concerned about the financial uncertainty surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic.
With the Blues reportedly closing in on making yet another major signing in Rennes keeper Edouard Mendy, their total outlay could rise to £250 million.
Chelsea’s billionaire owner Roman Abramovich has also sanctioned the purchases of Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech, Thiago Silva, Malang Sarr, Ben Chilwell and Kai Havertz, in what has been an extraordinary recruitment drive.
Meanwhile, Liverpool have only brought in left-back Kostas Tsimikas so far for a fee of £11.75 million.
Klopp has constantly reiterated that their transfer plans have been changed by the financial impact of the coronavirus crisis, and previously made light of rivals Chelsea’s spending.
The German has now taken another sly swipe at the Blues, suggesting clubs owned by ‘oligarchs’ and ‘countries’, such as Abu Dhabi-backed Manchester City, are less worried about the future implications of the pandemic.
‘We live in a world at the moment with a lot of uncertainty,’ Klopp told BBC Radio 5 Live. ‘For some clubs it seems to be less important how uncertain the future is – owned by countries, owned by oligarchs, that’s the truth.
‘We’re a different kind of club. We got to the Champions League final two years ago, we won it last year, and became Premier League champions last season by being the club we are, by being led the way we are led.
‘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.
‘It’s about working together on the training ground. That will probably be an advantage for us. We’ve worked quite a while with each other, but I know people don’t want to hear that.
‘But we did it last year, pretty much that way. For our reasons, club reasons, we always want to improve, we always want to improve the squad, but there are different ways.’