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Jurgen Klopp comments 'noted with interest' at Manchester United

Manchester United ‘noted with interest’ some comments by Jurgen Klopp this week. The Liverpool boss had some things to say on spending.

This comes from the Athletic. They say that recent comments from Jurgen Klopp piqued interest at Manchester United.

“We all know the situation of Chelsea and [Manchester] City and Paris Saint-Germain,” Klopp said. “What United are doing, I don’t know how they did it.

“We have our own way to do it. We are allowed to spend the money we earn, that we always did. This year we spent before we earned money with [Ibrahima] Konate because after last season, just to be clear, we cannot take any risk in this position at all.

“I’m never surprised about the financial power of Chelsea, City or United — I’ve been here long enough to know they always find a solution to these things.”

Those comments were apparently ‘noted with interest’ at United. Not because they took offence – but because Liverpool should be in a similar position to them.

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The Athletic’s article does a really good job of explaining the financial situation at United. They fund themselves from within, much like Liverpool, and earn more money commercially than anyone else.

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Second? Liverpool. And not by much, either – only around £20m difference.

Yet United do appear to have much more spending power than Liverpool. They’ve just paid £73m for Jadon Sancho, for instance, and Raphael Varane for £41m.

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They paid £89m for Paul Pogba in 2016, £75m for Romelu Lukaku in 2017, £80m for Harry Maguire in 2019, and £47m for Bruno Fernandes in 2020.

The only fee Liverpool have ever paid that beats Sancho’s was £75m for Virgil van Dijk in 2018. And that came right after securing £142m for Philippe Coutinho.

United, though, boast three above that figure over the last few years.

So we understand why United might find Klopp’s comments interesting. Yes, they’ve spent a lot of money but they believe their finances are somewhat similar to Liverpool’s.

The fact that Klopp finds their spending confusing, then, does offer some insight to how Liverpool are run. The Reds are nowhere near as ready to invest in players as their neighbours.

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