Not so long ago, the Reds were renowned for their mastery of the transfer market – but now it seems they’ve no idea what they’re doing
Shortly after full-time at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was informed that his Chelsea counterpart was hoping to bring in a few more players before the transfer window closes. “That’s what every Chelsea manager wants,” the German mused in his post-match press conference, “and they usually get it.” The media packaged Klopp’s response as a dig at the Blues, which was unsurprising.
The unprecedented level of spending Chelsea’s owners have embarked upon since last year’s takeover has undeniably upset some of their rivals. Splashing close to £1 billion on players in just three transfer windows was always going to provoke as much jealousy as confusion, given this is an era in which many clubs are trying desperately hard to live within their means in order to adhere to UEFA’s Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations – Liverpool included.
So, a display of bitterness towards the Blues would have been somewhat understandable coming from Klopp – particularly after losing two transfer targets to Todd Boehly & Co. in a matter of days, with Moises Caicedo and Romeo Lavia both deciding to move to Stamford Bridge instead of Anfield.
However, it would be a surprise if he didn’t have more of a problem with his own club’s dealings than those of Chelsea right now…