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"THIS ISN'T FOOTBALL"

Jurgen Klopp’s comments in 2016 about big transfer fees makes his summer spending spree very unexpected

The Liverpool boss has since broken the world-record transfer fees for a defender and goalkeeper

Never play poker with Jurgen Klopp.

Liverpool have comfortably had the most successful transfer window of any Premier League club so far.

The Reds have strengthen in several key areas, with the arrivals of Naby Keita, Fabinho, Xherdan Shaqiri and Alisson, all making Liverpool a formidable looking side.


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Liverpool spent a world-record fee for a goalkeeper to sign Alisson from Roma

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Liverpool spent a world-record fee for a goalkeeper to sign Alisson from Roma

The emphatic spending of Liverpool is a clear statement of intent from the club, as they are shaping up as the best equipped to challenge Man City for the title this season.

The money being thrown about at Anfield however is surprising when you remember some comments made by Jurgen Klopp in 2016.

The German had some strong words to say about the ever-increasing transfer fees in football, referencing in particular Man United’s signing of Paul Pogba.

How much is Pogba worth now?

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How much is Pogba worth now?

Klopp was critical of the then world-record fee that it took Jose Mourinho to secure the signature of the Juventus man, stating that it wasn’t “real football.”

He said: “If you bring one player in for £100m and he gets injured, then it all goes through the chimney.

“The day that this is football, I’m not in a job anymore, because the game is about playing together.

Klopp was firing shots at these two

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Klopp was firing shots at these two

“Other clubs can go out and spend more money and collect top players.

“I want to do it differently. I would even do it differently if I could spend that money.
“You can win championships, you can win titles, but there is a manner in which you want it.”

After his comments, Klopp stuck to his principals and went onto spend a relatively modest £70million that summer – signing Sadio Mane and Georginio Wijnaldum.

Fair play, a steal from Southampton for £35million

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Fair play, a steal from Southampton for £35million

Since then however, Klopp has spent £75million on Virgil van Dijk, a world-record fee for a defender.

Alisson’s £65million arrival from Roma is also the new record fee paid for a goalkeeper.

Slightly awkward…

Fraud?

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Fraud?

It’s a good thing Klopp isn’t a man of his word. Liverpool would be without a manager otherwise.

How times can change…


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