‘I don’t know how they do it’ – Klopp shocked at Man Utd spend

Joe Williams
Jurgen Klopp Man Utd

Jurgen Klopp is unsure how Man Utd have managed to spend so much money this summer, while he is less “surprised” at Chelsea, Man City and Paris Saint-Germain.

The Red Devils have bought Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund for £73m, while Raphael Varane is expected to join imminently from Real Madrid for £42m.

Liverpool in comparison have spent just £36m on Ibrahima Konate and Klopp claimed the other day that they have no intention of buying anymore players.

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He understands the financial clout Man City and Chelsea have because of their wealthy owners but he is more confused about Man Utd and their transfer activity.

Klopp told reporters: “February 2020 the pandemic started, nobody knew how long it would last, I was hoping of course that it would be over in a month. Now we know so much more about it and it’s still a difficult time. It was for football clubs as well, for different reasons.

“I’m not surprised (that other teams have spent big), because these clubs don’t depend on this kind of thing, I think. We all know the situations at Chelsea, City, PSG. What’s happening at United, I don’t know – I don’t know how they do it.

“We have our way and it’s always been the same since I joined. We can spend, we’re allowed to spend the money we earn – that’s what we always did.

“This year we spent before we earned money with Ibrahim Konate, because after last year it became clear that we couldn’t take any risks in this position at all. That’s our situation.”

On other teams spending big during the pandemic, Klopp added: “I’m never surprised about the financial power of City, Chelsea or United. I’ve been in the country long enough to know they always find a solution to do these things. For us, it’s our way. We keep the team together, that’s important as well. I know it’s not as exciting as signing new players.

“People think that if you don’t sign, you don’t work – that’s not the case. We are constantly thinking short term and long term – what can we do? How will the team look this year and next? I know it’s not as exciting, but if you’re a real Liverpool fan you’re excited about the news the club delivered in the last few weeks – Allison’s new contract, same with Trent Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho and Virgil Van Dijk. Others will follow, so that’s great.

“It’s not as spectacular but it’s great news – if other teams wanted to sign these players they’d have to pay a lot of money and we have them already. We have a good squad together and are in a better situation than we were last year. Let’s try to build on that and see where we end up.”