By Alex Taylor
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has claimed he would never spend £100million on a single player in a thinly-veiled swipe at Manchester United’s transfer dealings this summer.
United are in the process of securing a deal for France international Paul Pogba that looks set to break the transfer record and see the 23-year-old become the most expensive player in history.
The German boss has already spent over £60million in the current transfer window, with both Sadio Mane and Georginio Wijnaldum costing upwards of £25million each.
“If you bring one player in for £100million or whatever and he gets injured, then it all goes through the chimney,” Klopp told the Liverpool Echo.
“The day that this is football, I’m not in a job any more, because the game is about playing together. That is why somebody invented passes so these players can play together. It’s not about running with the ball because you can do it all the time.”
“Other clubs can go out and spend more money and collect top players, yes. Do I have to do it differently to that? Actually, 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 maybe there is a manner in which you want it. It is about how it is.”
Jurgen Klopp has also sanctioned the acquisitions of Joel Matip, Ragnar Klavan, Loris Karius and Marko Grukic this summer in a move that will leave fans wondering over who will start where come the start of the 2016-17 Premier League season.
Klopp clearly believes spending such a large fee on a single player is not the way football should be run, and the German’s team mentality will be tested to the full when his side takes on Arsenal in the Reds opening fixture of the 2016-17 Premier League season.
In other Liverpool transfer news, temperamental striker Mario Balotelli is desperate for a move away from Anfield this summer, and 33-time Eredivisie winners Ajax are the latest side to be credited with an interest.