| Last updated
Pep Guardiola appears to have hit back at Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, after the Liverpool boss seemed to suggest Manchester City were overspending.
City have had a very high profile summer in the transfer window, breaking the Premier League record by spending £100 million on Jack Grealish.
The Premier League champions were already well stacked in attacking positions and the former Aston Villa forward just adds to their arsenal of options.
Their spending, along with that of Chelsea, who have signed Romelu Lukaku for nearly £100 million, and Manchester United, who signed Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane for more than that figure, was questioned by Klopp.
Liverpool have only added Ibrahima Konate so far and their manager made a cheeky dig about the other three teams 'always finding a solution' to be able to spend.
Guardiola is clearly unhappy with criticism of his spending, and has hit back. "We are allowed to spend the money we earn... they obviously don’t have any limits," Guardiola said ahead of City's opening game of the new season against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.
"Some owners want to benefit, our owners don’t want any benefits. So they don’t invest in the team, while we invest what we can.
Pep Guardiola: “In the past [Manchester] United won a lot of titles because they spent more money than other clubs. You remember that?”— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) August 15, 2021
Yes but it was money United generated themselves. Owners have never put £1 billion into United.
Glazer ownership has cost United £1 billion.
"Before there were only one or two clubs. Now there is Chelsea with [Roman] Abramovich and our club with Sheikh Mansour. They want to be buying into football. What is the problem? We have limits for Financial Fair Play and if they don’t agree [with City’s spending] they can go to court and make a statement.
"We bought Jack Grealish because we sold [players] for £60m so in the end we have spent £40m. We follow absolutely the rules. At our club, the owners don’t want to lose money of course but they want to spend, so we can do it.
"Years ago, when Manchester United won a lot of titles, it was because they spent more money than other clubs. Do you remember that? At that moment Man City couldn’t do it because we did not have the owners we have now."
The former Barcelona boss wasn't done either, saying that in the past the Reds had invested heavily in order to win the league and it was on their owners to continue investing.
"You can win from investment. Liverpool were able to go into the market to spend on two incredible players [Virgil van Dijk and Alisson] and they won the Champions League and Premier League," the Spaniard added.
"If they don’t want to spend more it’s maybe because they believe they don’t need it or because the owners, they don’t want it. I don’t know. I’m not there."
City open their league campaign against Spurs and are still in the middle of trying to sign Harry Kane, with reports claiming they haven't given up on getting their opponents striker.
Featured Image Credit: PA
Chosen for YouChosen for You
Most Read StoriesMost Read