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Saturday, 28 July 2018

Klopp Lashes Back At Mourinho Over responds on Liverpool Spendings

Jurgen Klopp responded to Jose Mourinho's decision on Liverpool's expenses and insists that Jan Oblak of Atletico Madrid had to withdraw due to the cost.

The boss of Anfield broke the world record for a goalkeeper by spending 67 million pounds for Alisson de Roma.

And that means that Germany spent 176.75 million pounds this summer after the arrivals of Xherdan Shaqiri, Naby Keita and Fabinho.

That led Manchester United manager Mourinho to step up the pressure on Klopp yesterday, insisting that the Reds should be competing to win the Premier League this season.

The leader of the Red Devils said: "Maybe this season, you finally demand that they win.

"You must be fair and now you have to ask and tell the team with the investments they made last season, in January, that they have done now, it will probably be the Premier League record this season.

"This is a team that has been a finalist in the Champions League, you have to say that you are a great candidate, you have to win."

But Klopp fought back against his opponent and insisted that the fees for Alisson were a necessity - and revealed that he could have bought an even more expensive cap.

Speaking to ESPN FC, the 51-year-old said: "Everyone thinks it's a lot of money, it's a lot of money, but he could have gone for crazy money. Oblak for example is 100m euros (89m £), so nice!

"The gatekeeper market is different because it is not every year that there is someone available.We did not know exactly if Alisson was available or not, but from a specific moment, we were realized it was available and that's when we decided we wanted to meet him. "

Liverpool, who lost to Real Madrid in the Champions League final two months ago, took silver in 2012 by defeating Cardiff City to win the League Cup.

Asked whether the summer spending on new talent increases the pressure to end their drought trophy, Klopp has swept the extra wait.

"I do not think that's a big difference, only that now [last season] they believe a little more, but that does not change the situation.

"Yes, our job is to improve the team every year, to improve football every year and if you do, the odds go up.

"But the fact is that the other teams do not sleep, so Man City is still a fantastic team and United will still have a fantastic team ... Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham.

"Tottenham pretty much all together, Arsenal, they lost [Jack] Wilshere, that's it, and otherwise they only brought the players, so the strong side of course.

"Everton is for big things, Wolverhampton can be a surprise, it's a tough league, so we do not have to dream too much and we do not do it."

Liverpool began its attempt to improve fourth place last year, August 12, at home in West Ham.

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