January 27, 2023

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– I can’t explain it

Chelsea have spent more than £460m on new players since the consortium led by billionaire Todd Boehy and Clearlake Capital took over the London club in the summer. When the Liverpool manager was confronted with the blue shirt’s huge spending during his press conference on Friday, the German struggled to find the right words.

Klopp was asked if Chelsea’s excessive spending would make it worse for Liverpool to break into the top four in the Premier League.

– Could. It may get worse, or it may get better. The Liverpool coach replied: I don’t know exactly what you want me to say.

– It’s interesting, Klopp said of the spending.

– I can’t explain it. I have no idea what to say about that. But if the numbers are right, that’s pretty impressive.

– I believe in player development

Chelsea have spent £190m on new players in the past two weeks alone, and there could be more before the January window closes at the end of the month.

That’s a lot more money than Liverpool has ever spent. Anfield club bought Darwin Nunez from Benfica for £64m this summer. Transfer fee could rise to £85m if all provisions are applied. In addition came youngsters Fabio Carvalho (from Fulham for £5m) and Calvin Ramsey (from Aberdeen for £6.5m), and now in the January window the Reds have spent £38m on Cody Gackbo from PSV. There probably won’t be any more purchases for the Anfield club in January.

– I don’t think Chelsea can continue like this for the next 10 years. I don’t know. Maybe they can? Other teams will have ups and downs. We just have to try to keep up. I can’t expect that investment will stop in the future, and that means we have to invest as well.

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– We’re not talking about it now, because it’s always a bit tricky. In general, I believe in aerobics. I believe in developing players. I believe in team building, and doing things like this 100%.

– There are so many good managers that they are crazy, and they also believe in all this. If they also start spending a lot of money in addition to doing these things, you can’t stop spending money either, or you’ll be in trouble.

Fenway Sports Group put Liverpool up for sale at the end of last year, but it now looks set to end up selling a minority stake in the club to raise new capital. Whether it will give Klopp the transfer money he and his supporters hope to receive remains to be seen.

– Even if you are going to create a new team, this does not mean that you need to replace the entire team every year. You have to give the players a chance to make the next move. We already have a few players. Then there is much that is possible. This is our plan for the future.

We don’t worry about other teams spending money. It’s just a fact. We just have to respond to it, but not just by spending money.

Two Mediterranean travelers

Saturday’s meeting at Anfield between two of the Mediterranean leaders in the table, it’s number nine versus number 10. Not many people might have envisioned that before the season. Both teams performed very poorly.

Liverpool is ten points ahead of fourth-placed Newcastle, which gives them a Champions League match next season. However, the Reds played one game fewer than the Northeast team. Klopp remains optimistic his side will be able to make up for lost time.

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– We’re good. It may sound strange, because we didn’t play our best football, but overall we are in good hands.

– We’re not going crazy. We know our responsibility and will do everything we can to get back on track, but we can’t worry too much.