Kieran Maguire: Klopp has taken 'sideswipe' at FSG that flew under the radar at Liverpool
Jurgen Klopp may have taken a “sideswipe” at Liverpool owners FSG and their lack of investment in the transfer market this summer.
So says finance expert Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the manager’s remarks about financial disparities in the Premier League.
Klopp was quoted by the Independent on 15 August as saying Chelsea and both Manchester clubs “always find a solution” to pull off big spending.
Liverpool’s only signing of the summer so far is the £36million capture of Ibrahima Konate from RB Leipzig.
Harry Wilson, Taiwo Awoniyi and Marko Grujic meanwhile have left the club for a combined total of approximately £29m.
And Maguire claims that Klopp may want FSG to pursue a debt-based model of investment rather than their current break-even approach.
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“If you look at Man City, they are actually balancing the books,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.
“They have just won the Premier League and reached the Champions League final. They get money for both of those.
“They have sold a couple of players and got decent fees. They have got probably £12m off the wage bill in Sergio Aguero leaving.
“They have got an £11m knock-in fee from Jadon Sancho joining Man United. They have sold Jack Harrison to Leeds.
“Klopp has also taken a sideswipe at Man United. The inference was that Chelsea and Man City can fund this through their ownership models.
“But Man United are funding their spending through debt. Liverpool have chosen not to go down that route.
“So is it actually a sideswipe at FSG? That’s one of the things I read from his comments. Is he effectively asking why FSG can’t do the same?“