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Jurgen Klopp Admits Liverpool Cannot Compete With Teams "Owned By Countries Or Oligarchs" In The Transfer Market

Jurgen Klopp Admits Liverpool Cannot Compete With Teams "Owned By Countries Or Oligarchs" In The Transfer Market

Jurgen Klopp has defended Liverpool's inactivity in the transfer market and insists the club are not run by 'oligarchs' and 'countries.'

The Reds are reigning Premier League champions but have only added Kostas Tsimikas to their ranks this summer, as other rivals strengthen.

Manchester City and Chelsea have made a number of big moves as they look to challenge at the top.

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Klopp told BBC Radio Five Live the club have been hit by the coronavirus pandemic but will continue to be successful on the pitch.

"We live in a world at the moment with a lot of uncertainty," the German begun.

"For some clubs it seems to be less important how uncertain the future is. Owned by countries, owned by oligarchs, that's the truth.

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"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.

"[...] We cannot change it overnight and say, 'so now we want to behave like Chelsea, now we want to behave like them.'

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"That can be an advantage of course, but that means they have to fit together pretty quick as well.

"It's not all about bringing in quality, you cannot bring in the 11 best players in the world and just hope a week later they will play the best football they ever will play."

Liverpool have been linked with a move for Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago, who is said to be available for £30 million.

Klopp continued: "It's about working together on the training ground, that will probably be an advantage for us, we work quite a while with each other.

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Image Credit: PA
Image Credit: PA

"We always want to improve the squad but there are different ways - one way is to sign new players and the other way is to work together, improve the things you were good in and try to nullify the things you are not good in.

"That is football. Nobody wants to talk about training and only about signings."

Takumi Minamino, who arrived from RB Salzburg in January and academy graduate Curtis Jones are set to be given more opportunities this season.

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Featured Image Credit: BBC Radio Five Live, Chelsea & Manchester City (All Twitter)

Topics: Manchester City, Liverpool, Football News, Chelsea, Football, Transfers, Man City, Jurgen Klopp

Daniel Marland

Daniel is a freelance journalist for SPORTbible and covers a variety of sports. He also has past experience of working at Manchester United and once locked eyes with Jose Mourinho. He lived to tell the tale.