Jurgen Klopp admits there’s no way Liverpool can match Manchester City on transfer spending, but he still believes they can find other ways to compete.
During his seven-year tenure, Klopp’s net spending was around £150million, while Pep Guardiola spent over half a billion in a 12-month shorter period.
After the two have remained incredibly close in the title race for most of their time in England, Liverpool’s poor start to the season means they currently sit 13 points behind their rivals.
The resources at City’s disposal, backed by Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Mansour, mean they have been able to grow year after year with virtually unlimited spending.
While Liverpool can still sign a potential club record £85million Darwin Nunez this summer, they are working on a more limited model under American owners Fenway Sports Group and Klopp accepts that.
When asked how his club could keep up, the Reds boss said: “Oh, you won’t like the answer. Nobody can keep up with City.
“You have the best team in the world and you provide the best striker on the market (Erling Haaland), whatever the cost, you just do it.
“What are Liverpool doing? We cannot act like them. It is not possible.
“There are three clubs in world football that can do whatever they want financially. It’s legal and all, fine, but they can do whatever they want.
“We have to look at it (and say) ‘We need this and we need that and we have to look here and make it younger, and a perspective here and a talent here.’
“That’s what you have to do. And you compete with them. You have to compete with them.
“It’s not a problem for me at all, it is what it is.
Liverpool meet an in-form Haaland at Anfield and Klopp is hoping Nunez’s goals in consecutive games will help him bounce back from a stuttering start since joining from Benfica.
“I have now heard that in Newcastle someone (sporting director Dan Ashworth) said ‘there is no ceiling for this club’.
“Yes, he is absolutely right. There is no cap for Newcastle. Congratulations. But some other clubs have caps.”
Haaland’s brilliant 15-goal Premier League debut inadvertently put Nunez in the spotlight, but Klopp is confident the Uruguay international doesn’t compare himself to the Norwegian.
“Let me put it this way, I think Darwin Nunez would have scored a few more goals if he had played at Man City center this season,” said the German.
“We have to improve our game to put him in situations like this more often.
“I don’t know but I hope it’s not in a process where he compares himself to Erling Haaland.
“Don’t compare, I hope he doesn’t and doesn’t think about it. I don’t see that.
“We’re in our situation and we want to sort out our situation and that’s all we’re worried about.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/jurgen-klopp-liverpool-fenway-sports-group-american-uefa-champions-league-b2203240.html Jurgen Klopp: Liverpool need to find other ways to compete with Manchester City