Jurgen Klopp makes subtle dig at Blues' HUGE January transfer splurge

‘They fix problems differently to us’: Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp aims a dig at Chelsea’s January splurge as it nears £200m ahead of their Anfield showdown… and warns ‘I’m not sure they can do that for the next 10 years’

  • Jurgen Klopp shot several veiled barbs at Chelsea over their spending spree
  • The Blues travel to Anfield after spending almost £200m in the January window
  • £88m signing Mykhailo Mudryk is just one of five players to join this month 
  • Klopp admitted he was unsure how the Blues’ spending was currently possible

Jurgen Klopp delivered thinly veiled barbs at his press conference ahead of Chelsea’s visit to Anfield on Saturday.

The Liverpool manager tried his best to keep it brief but was certainly intentional when discussing the near-£200m spend by the Blues in the January transfer window alone. 

‘Chelsea fix problems differently to us,’ he said during his Thursday lunchtime press conference. 

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp remained largely diplomatic while also swiping out at Chelsea 

It comes as the Blues are set to make their sixth signing of the window, with PSV and England U21 star Noni Madueke likely to complete his move to Stamford Bridge on Friday. Chelsea have spent £152m already this month, excluding Madueke, and had a £55m bid for Moises Caicedo recently rejected by Brighton. 

When asked about the spending of his top four rival, Klopp took a diplomatic approach. Though, there was a sense he had far more to say on the matter.

‘Interesting,’ he said. ‘I can’t explain it, I have no idea. But if the numbers are true then it’s impressive.’ 

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Many within football circles, including Klopp, have struggled to understand how the West London club have spent so heavily both this window, and since Todd Boehly took the reigns. 

Klopp went on to suggest the Reds will have no choice but to spend in the future to match their rivals, but admitted he cannot foresee Chelsea continuing on such a trajectory. 

‘I can’t see investment stopping in the future, so that means we have to do it as well. I believe in coaching, developing and team building 100%. But meanwhile the managers out there, they are all good and they believe in that as well. 

Chelsea and Liverpool will meet for the first team this since in Liverpool at Saturday lunchtime

‘So, if they start spending then if we don’t spend you will have a problem. I am not sure they can do that for the next 10 years though.’

The Reds boss delivered another coy barb at 10th placed Chelsea, claiming his club are aware of ‘responsibility’ and do not need to transform his team each season. 

‘We’re in good hands and we know about responsibility,’ he said. ‘The moment you build a team doesn’t mean you do it new every year. 

‘It’s not worrying that other teams can spend, it’s a fact so we have to react to that as well.’

Graham Potter has been gifted a heft chequebook to solve Chelsea’s litany of current issues

Chelsea travel to the North-West with new £88m signing Mykhailo Mudryk a chance to debut in front of a ferocious Liverpool crowd desperate to see their side overturn a two-game losing streak in the league. 

It is a crunch game for both sides despite Klopp and Graham Potter’s sides struggling to live up to lofty expectations. 

Liverpool and Chelsea sit equal on 28 points – with the Blues having played extra – ten points adrift from Newcastle in fourth spot. 

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