Bayern Munich have taunted Liverpool over their bid to sign Germany striker Mario Gomez, branding them paupers. The Anfield club wanted to take the 25-year-old on loan after he failed to settle following a £24m move from Stuttgart last year.
Gomez said he was eager for a switch to Merseyside to revive his career, but the German champions refused to do a deal.
And Bayern president Uli Hoeness said: "We would have only considered allowing Gomez to go if Liverpool had been willing to buy him.
"But they are at the end of the road financially. The banks won't give them any more money.
"There aren't many clubs left with money to spend. Manchester City are one, but they can't buy 100 players.
"I've often found players only make a breakthrough in their second year at a club. So we were convinced Gomez should stay with us."