Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has had his say on the transfer business of Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea this summer.
Pep Guardiola’s men have already signed Jack Grealish for a reported £100m, while they continue to chase Tottenham striker Harry Kane.
United have spent big on both Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane.
Meanwhile, Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea have spent a similar fee to bring Romelu Lukaku back to the club from Inter.
Liverpool have signed just Ibrahima Konate this window. It is clear that they do not have the same spending power as their English rivals, so have not been able to bring in the players that they may want.
The club’s method of spending what they earn, as well as the global pandemic and Financial Fair Play rules, mean that the Reds do not have the capacity to throw money at new signings.
Klopp was asked about his rivals’ spending in a press conference today.
He said: “I am not surprised. We all know the situation of Chelsea and City. What United are doing, I don’t know exactly how they do it.
“But we have our way to do it. It was always the same. We can spend the money we earn.
“This year, we spent, before we earned money, on Ibou Konate.
The German continued: “I am never surprised with the spending power of Chelsea, City or United. I am long enough in the country to know that they always find a solution.
“I know it [Liverpool’s method] is not as exciting as it is with signing new players. But if you are a Liverpool fan, you are really happy with the news the club delivered in the last few weeks [contract extensions for Alisson, Fabinho, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Virgil van Dijk].
Klopp knows Liverpool cannot compete with the likes of Manchester City
It is easy to see where Klopp is coming from with his comments.
It is clear that Liverpool simply have a different business model to the likes of City, Chelsea and United.
The manager acknowledges that both City and Chelsea have mega-rich owners who can spend as much as they please. United is a slightly different story, but they still manage to spend plenty of cash on new recruits.
We have to admit that there is an injustice in play. We believe that Klopp thinks the same.
But there are no complaints from him. He knows that Liverpool still have a side that is every bit as good as their rivals, even if they cannot spend as much as them.
It really is a credit to the management and recruitment staff that they are able to remain competitive at the top of English football.