‘The day that this is football, I’m not in a job anymore’: Liverpool’s £110m signing of Moises Caicedo sees Jurgen Klopp’s 2016 quotes come back to haunt him – as fans dig them up after the Reds agree to the sixth biggest transfer of ALL TIME
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Jurgen Klopp has found his own words have come back to haunt him as Liverpool look to complete the £110m record transfer for Brighton’s Moises Caicedo.
The 21-year-old is looking likely to join up with Klopp’s Reds in north-west England, as Liverpool outbid Chelsea for the Ecuadorian midfielder, with the offer set to make Caicedo the sixth most expensive player in history.
But the move has more than a hint of irony, after Klopp’s words in 2016 resurfaced, when Manchester United spent £100m to secure Paul Pogba’s services.
Back in 2016, Klopp said: ‘If you bring one player in for £100m and he gets injured, then it all goes through the chimney.
‘The day that this is football, I’m not in a job anymore, because the game is about playing together.
Jurgen Klopp made a bold statement on high transfer fees in 2016, as reported by Mail Sport
It looks rather at odds with Liverpool’s £110m bid to sign Moises Caicedo from Brighton
‘That is how everybody in football understands it. You always want to have the best, but building the group is necessary to be successful.
‘Other clubs can go out and spend more money and collect top players.
‘I want to do it differently. I would even do it differently if I could spend that money.
‘I don’t know exactly how much money we could spend because nobody has told me, ‘No, you can’t do this.’
‘If I spend money, it is because I am trying to build a team, a real team. Barcelona did it. You can win championships, you can win titles, but there is a manner in which you want it.’
Despite Klopp’s prior assertion that he would be ‘not in a job anymore’, he appears to be preparing for the start of the new season as usual – but this has united rival Premier League fans together to mock Klopp for his statements seven years ago.
One X (fka Twitter) user – a Chelsea fan – shared a grab of that Mail Sport headline, and wrote: ‘This aged well. Jurgen Klopp come outside!’, which left another to reply: ‘If you can’t beat them…join them’, alongside a trio of crying-laughing face emojis.
A Man United fan responded by saying: ‘Klopp should live by his words and hand in a letter of resignation today.’
Another said: ‘I’ll actually like a journo to remind him of this statement in his next presser.’
Following years of criticism aimed at Liverpool’s owners for not spending big, the reverse seems to be happening during the current off-season, with Dominik Szoboszlai signed from RB Leipzig for £60m, and Alexis Mac Allister acquired from Brighton for £35m.
Rival fans united on social media to mock the Liverpool manager for his prior claims
Following years of criticism aimed at Liverpool’s owners, they have spent big in recent months
One Liverpool fan expressed their pleasure at the club’s smart business bringing in midfielders
Klopp’s Liverpool begin their Premier League campaign away to Chelsea on Sunday afternoon
This led someone to state: ‘Do Liverpool fans still want FSG group out ? Their owners just made a British record signing , thats now £250M worth of signings on 3 players alone in one window, Klopp is just another cheque book manager and their fans should forever remain quiet about other clubs spending.’
But one Reds fan felt that the club had been extremely fortunate to get a new set of players in the centre of the park for the amount of money that they have spent this summer.
They wrote: ‘How on earth did we get Mac Allister, Szoboszlai and Caicedo for £205m, incredible business, crazy rebuild in the midfield.’
Liverpool’s Premier League campaign begins away at Chelsea, the club they have beaten to sign Caicedo, although it is not yet clear what role, if any, the Ecuadorian would play on Sunday.
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