Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has insisted that his club can still not compete financially with Premier League Champions Manchester City.
The Anfield outfit have broken the world record transfer for both a defender and goalkeeper in the last year, spending £75 million on centre-back Virgil Van Dijk and £67 million on Brazilian shot-stopper Alisson, as well as spending almost £100 million on midfield duo Naby Keita and Fabinho.
However, Klopp still believes his club are not in the same financial league as PSG and Manchester City who are both effectively sponsored by Middle Eastern States.
“No chance, no chance, no chance,’’ Klopp told Kicker.
“We are not owned by a state like it’s the case at two big clubs. We have our limits.
”We have a conservative leadership.
“It feels like €100m back then is €500m today. When Neymar joined PSG for €222m, I shook myself.
“Back then I had an opinion, but an incredible lot has happened since. In 2017, Neymar joined Paris, Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele joined Barcelona for a lot of money, and Kylian Mbappe [joined] Paris.
“This opened the whole thing, the money’s on the market. Now, if Liverpool wants a player, the other clubs want a bit of the cake too. That’s the story.
“And you must also keep in mind that players like Mo Salah, Sadio Mane or Robert Firmino, players we bought for €30m to €40m, have a different value on the transfer market these days. That’s part of the business.”