Jurgen Klopp has defended Liverpool’s lack of activity during the summer transfer market and accused rivals Man City of living in ‘fantasia land.’
Liverpool spent big in the 2018 transfer windows, splashing over £250 million on Virgil van Dijk, Alisson, Fabinho, and Naby Keita.
However, Klopp has know suggested that the six-time European Champions cannot afford to spend big again this summer, with the clubs only two signings so far being promising young players Harvey Elliot and Sepp van den Berg.
Klopp has insisted that only four clubs in world football – Barcelona, Man City, Real Madrid, and PSG – can afford to spend lavishly in each transfer window, although the German coach was keen to point out that he isn’t jealous of spending power of the mega-rich quartet.
“I can’t say anything about what other teams are doing. I don’t know how they do it,” Klopp told a pre-season press conference.
“We have to pay bills. Sorry. Everybody has to pay bills; we have to pay bills. We invested money in this team. Now it looks like we are not. But we are not in this fantasia land where you just get whatever you want.
“You cannot do it constantly. It looks like there are four clubs in the world who can do it constantly. Madrid, Barcelona, (Man) City and PSG. Whatever they need, they do. You cannot compare that. That is the situation.
“It is not a criticism. I know how people will take it, that I am jealous or whatever. I am not at all jealous.”
Liverpool will begin their domestic campaign next weekend when they meet Man City in the Community Shield at Wembley.