Klopp defensive over Liverpool’s lack of spending and issues Chelsea warning

Jurgen Klopp last night claimed Liverpool can't spend like clubs who are owned by “oligarchs and countries” amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The Kop boss also warned that Chelsea 's business in the market doesn't mean they will be an instant success.

Liverpool have as yet just brought in Greek left-back Kostas Tsimikas for £11.7million.

But Klopp believes they cannot go gung-ho in the market as they wait to see how the financial fall-out of the virus affects the club.

And he doesn't feel they need to after winning the Premier League and European Cup in the last two years.

“We live in a world at the moment with a lot of uncertainty,” Klopp told BBC Five Live.

“For some clubs it seems less important how uncertain the future is: [those] owned by countries, owned by oligarchs, that’s the truth. We’re a different kind of club.

“We got to the Champions League final two years ago, we won it last year, and became Premier League champions last season by being the club we are, by leading the way we are led.”

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But with City owned by Sheikh Mansour and Russian Roman Abramovich controlling the purse strings at Chelsea it appears those two clubs are among those Klopp is referring to when he says “countries” and “oligarchs”.

He is certainly clear on Chelsea when he talks about their signings as the Blues have brought in Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell, Malang Sarr, Thiago Silva and Kai Havertz so far.

Klopp added: “We cannot just change it overnight and say, ‘so now we want to behave like Chelsea, now we want to behave like them’.

“Now they are signing a lot of players.

“That can be an advantage of course but that means they have to fit together pretty quickly as well, it’s not only about bringing quality in.

“You cannot bring in the 11 best players in the world and just hope a week later they play the best football ever played.

“It’s about working together on the training ground.

“That will probably be an advantage for us. We’ve worked quite a while with each other, but I know people don’t want to hear that.”

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