Liverpool FC boss Jurgen Klopp says Manchester United and Man City spending is like a 'circus'

By Joe Bray

Jurgen Klopp has describing the spending of Manchester United and Manchester City as a 'circus', as he defended Liverpool's transfer business this year.

Klopp saw Liverpool bring in a key defensive reinforcement in Ibrahima Konate for £36million, but no other arrivals came in at Anfield in a quiet summer for the 2020 Premier League champions.

In contrast, City signed Jack Grealish for a British record £100m fee, while they were chasing deals for Harry Kane and Cristiano Ronaldo. United won the race for Ronaldo, paying up to £19m for his services, while they bringing in Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane for a combined £119m.

Chelsea spent big on Romelu Lukaku, plus adding Saul Niguez on loan, while other clubs were active in the transfer market.

Ahead of Liverpool's trip to Leeds, it was put to Klopp that his side hasn't spent enough on their squad, but the German hit back with a criticism of clubs like United and City for their "spectacular" spending.

"I signed up for doing things this way and in that time we've been quite successful," said Klopp.

"We've won a couple of trophies doing things exactly but we then get asked why do you do that? It's always the same. We thought it made sense that we sign up our squad that we already have here, and we did that.

"That is not as spectacular as all the rest around, I cannot change that because you cannot do transfer business just to be in a circus.

"Other teams signed players, fine, and now we will play them and see what we can do."

Klopp also defended his previous comments where he suggested that City and Chelsea were inflating the market with their big-money fees - an idea that particularly annoyed Pep Guardiola.

But Klopp put the confusion down to a miscommunication, saying he doesn't care how other clubs operate.

He said: "I obviously annoy some other managers and I don't want to annoy them. I say something, I think it's right, it is probably right in my mind and then two days later I hear the response from somebody and think, 'Why is he on his toes?'

"Honestly, I couldn't care less what other clubs are doing."

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