Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool cannot compete financially with Manchester City – despite spending more than the Blues in the last two years.
Liverpool went on to win the Champions League, but the Reds are yet to make a high profile signing having only added young defender Sepp van den Berg.
City, meanwhile, have broken their transfer record to sign Rodri for £63million, while Angelino has also returned from PSV Eindhoven.
And Klopp moved to reassure fans that Liverpool were still on track, but claimed they haven’t made more signings due to financial restraints.
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He told Liverpool’s official website : “We are pretty relaxed in that, we will see what’s coming up. 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.”
However, since the beginning of 2018/19, Liverpool have actually spent more on transfers, due to last summer’s spending spree to buy Alisson, Naby Keita, Fabinho and Xherdan Shaqiri.
Despite Klopps’s claims, City have only spent above £200m once, and in the last eight years, both clubs have spent over £100m in a season on four occasions. However City’s total spend in that time does dwarf that of the Reds.
Klopp also moved to reassure fans that Liverpool will be ready to compete for the Premier League title again.
“But we are fine,” he insisted. “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 [Keita] and Shaq [Shaqiri] 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.”