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Liverpool boss Klopp takes dig at Chelsea over 'oligarch' spending: More needed for success

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has taken a not-so-subtle dig at Chelsea over their transfer spending.

Blues billionaire owner Roman Abramovich has forked out close to £200m on Ben Chilwell, Kai Havertz, Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech; while also signing free agents Thiago Silva and Malang Sarr.

Meanwhile, the runaway Premier League champions have spent just £11.75m on Kostas Tsimikas so far this summer.

Klopp has reiterated that the club's transfer spending has been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, claiming most clubs aren't owned by 'oligarchs' and 'countries' - such as Chelsea and Manchester City - who are less concerned about excessive spending.

And the German warned his rivals that recruiting a number of high-priced signings won't necessarily translate to success on the field.

"We live in a world at the moment with a lot of uncertainty," Klopp told BBC Radio 5 Live (via Metro). "For some clubs it seems to be less important how uncertain the future is – owned by countries, owned by oligarchs, that's the truth.

"We're a different kind of club. We got to the Champions League final two years ago, we won it last year, and became Premier League champions last season by being the club we are, by being led the way we are led. "We cannot just change it overnight and say, 'So now we want to behave like Chelsea, now we want to behave like them', now they've signed a lot of players. That can be an advantage, of course, but that means they have to fit together pretty quickly as well. It's not only about bringing quality in.

"You cannot bring in the 11 best players in the world and just hope a week later they play the best football they ever will play.

"It's about working together on the training ground. That will probably be an advantage for us. We've worked quite a while with each other, but I know people don't want to hear that.

"But we did it last year, pretty much that way. For our reasons, club reasons, we always want to improve, we always want to improve the squad, but there are different ways."


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