In an interview with German broadcaster ZDF translated by Reds fan Tom Weber, Jurgen Klopp said that Liverpool must splash the cash in order to keep up with the biggest sides in Europe.
It’s no coincidence that Liverpool won the Champions League for the first time in 14 years following their most expensive year in terms of transfer spending.
Fenway Sports Group sanctioned an outlay of almost £250million in 2018 and were handsomely rewarded as their side embarked on a historic European Cup run.
Klopp told ZDF, as translated by Tom Weber: “Back when I was in Germany, Bayern had a ‘bottomless pit of money’, like £100m. In today’s market, that gets you one centre back. So this bottomless pit of money is enough to buy one player in today’s world and that doesn’t even cover their wages!
“The market has changed more than I expected, but I stand by what I said. Maybe things were lost in translation but my point was: if we reach a point where football is solely about money and not football, then I’m leaving. And I still feel the same way about it.
“Liverpool is an ambitious club and if we didn’t spend the same amount of money as others, we wouldn’t be able to compete. Everybody’s splashing the cash, so we have to do the same.”
The general consensus in the media is that Liverpool will not spend a lot of money this summer after the recorded 97 points in the Premier League and won the Champions League.
They will, of course, reinforce their squad with a few fringe players expected to leave but other than that, there are few journalists connected with the club reporting that major incomings are on the cards.