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‘Relaxed’ Klopp says Liverpool can’t compete with Man City financially

Jurgen Klopp has once again suggested that Liverpool won’t be splashing the cash this summer, but insisted that the club doesn’t have the same financial muscle as their Premier League rivals, Man City.

2018 saw Liverpool dig deep into their pockets, spending over £200 million over the course of the two transfer windows to bring in Virgil van Dijk, Alisson, Fabinho, Naby Kieta and Xherdan Shaqiri.

So far this summer though, the Reds’ transfer outlay stands at just £1.3m following the arrival of Sepp van den Berg from PEC Zwolle, and Klopp has once again suggested it will be a relatively quiet transfer window for the European champions.

“We are pretty relaxed in that, we will see what’s coming up,” Klopp told liverpoolfc.com.

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“How I said, it will not be the biggest transfer window of LFC; we invested a lot in the team in the last two years, I would say. We cannot spend every year in the same manner.

“People talk about it like, ‘Now another £300m or £200m’. There are maybe only two clubs in the world – it looks in the moment like Barcelona and [Real] Madrid can do the same – City and PSG that can do it every year.

“But we are fine. I’m happy with the team, we are really happy. We have to see if we find maybe one position, if we find something for it, but there’s no real pressure because it’s not about signing a player. We have solutions for all the situations.

“Do we have exactly the solution that everybody from outside would be 100 per cent happy? I don’t think so because people want to have world-class here, world-class here and the guy on the bench has to be world-class as well. That’s not so easy. But we are of course working on it.

“On the outgoing side, we are relaxed. The young boys are here and enjoyed working with us a lot. Not to forget Naby and Shaq are injured still and are not here with us. Players will come back.

“I’m really looking forward to the season, it will be really exciting again.”

It is thought that Liverpool are keen to sign a left-back as a back-up to Andrew Robertson following the departure of Alberto Moreno at the end of last season.

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