Monday, November 30, 2020

Klopp says Liverpool cannot match Chelsea spending power

is banking on ’s frugal approach paying off in the , admitting the Reds could not afford to match Chelsea’s close-season transfer spree.

Huge investment at Chelsea has seen the five-time champions land the likes of Kai Havertz, Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell, and Hakim Ziyech.

’s most notable signing has been Kostas Tsimikas from Olympiacos – a player who looks set to be an understudy at left-back to Andy Robertson.

Yet ’s title-winning side from last season remains largely intact, and amid the coronavirus crisis that has left many clubs strapped for cash, Klopp sees the need for caution.

While Chelsea have the backing of Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, and Manchester City have huge financial resources thanks to their Abu Dhabi owners, are reluctant to take big transfer plunges in the current climate.

Speaking ahead of Saturday’s opener against Leeds United, Klopp told BBC Radio 5 Live: “Clubs are in different situations and we are living in uncertainty in the world.

“For some clubs, it seems to be less important how uncertain the future is because they are owned by countries, owned by oligarchs, and that is the truth.

“We are a different kind of club. We reached the Champions League final two years ago, won it the following year, and won the by being the club we are.

“We cannot change that overnight and say ‘now we want to behave like Chelsea’.”

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