Jurgen Klopp perplexed by Man Utd’s summer transfer activity

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has strengthened his side with one addition this summer but questioned the business of rival boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Manchester United’s spending spree

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has taken a swipe at bitter rivals Manchester United’s summer transfer business on the eve of the new Premier League campaign.

The Reds boss was speaking in his press conference ahead of his side’s opening clash with Norwich on Saturday evening.

United have splashed some serious cash this summer as they bid to mount a challenge for the title this term.

They finally sealed a £73m deal for long-term target Jadon Sancho, with a £42m swoop for Rafael Varane on the brink of completion.

But Reds boss Klopp was left perplexed by United’s summer spending spree.

Jurgen Klopp admitted he didn’t know how Man Utd could afford such a big spending spree


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“We all know the situation of Chelsea and City and PSG,” said Klopp on Friday.

“What United are doing, I don’t know how they did it. We have our own way to do it. We are allowed to spend the money we earn.

“This year we spent before we earned money by buying [Ibrahima] Konate. It’s not about me being surprised [by rival spending], I’ve been here long enough to know they always find a solution to these things.

“We cannot compare to the other clubs. They obviously don’t have any limits. We have limits.”

Liverpool have been active in the market, albeit without laying out extortionate funds.

The Reds have forked out £36m for former Red Bull Leipzig defender Konate to help plug the defensive woes they suffered last year.

Konate’s arrival – coupled with the return to fitness of talisman Virgil Van Dijk and fellow centre half Joe Gomez – should ensure there will be no defensive crisis at Anfield this time around after a freak chain of events last term.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and United came under fire during Klopp’s press conference


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Van Dijk’s return to fitness has coincided with the announcement of a new four-year contract on Friday.

The defender has been a colossus at the back for Liverpool since his £75m switch from Southampton back in January 2018.

Klopp expressed his delight at tying the Dutch defender down to fresh terms – joking it was a good thing that the Reds didn’t have to buy Van Dijk in the current market.

“It’s great news. We are really happy that he is happy here. It’s absolutely great news. Imagine if we had to buy this boy now! Thankfully we only have to give him a new contract,” Klopp said.

Virgil Van Dijk has penned a bumper new four-year deal at Anfield as he prepares to return from injury this weekend


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Van Dijk said: “It is something to be very proud of, that I am very proud of, that my wife and my kids are very proud of and obviously my agency.

“All the hard work we’ve put in so far continues and I am looking forward to what the future brings together with Liverpool. I’m delighted, very happy and proud.”

The 30-year-old was named as the PFA Players’ Player of the Year, UEFA Men’s Player of the Year and UEFA Defender of the Season for 2018-19, and was also the runner-up in the 2019 Ballon d’Or.

The Reds missed him sorely last year after he suffered a serious knee injury during a nasty clash with Everton’s England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford in the 2-2 draw last October.

Liverpool failed to defend their Premier League crown without him, where only a late revival enabled them to grab a Champions League spot after their early season slump in form.

He is set to return alongside Gomez for the Reds Premier League opener against Norwich on Saturday.

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