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Klopp speaks on paying huge transfer fees after criticizing Pogba’s price

Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, says he has changed his mind regarding past comments about record transfer fees paid by his rivals for players.

Klopp has paid record fees for two players since the start of 2018 despite criticizing the £89million Manchester United paid for Paul Pogba two years ago.

Goalkeeper Alisson joined earlier this week in a deal worth up to £65million, after the German brought in Virgil van Dijk (£75m), Naby Keita (£52.75m), Fabinho (£44m) and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (£40m).

Speaking at a news conference at the Bank of America Stadium on Saturday, Klopp stressed that these latest moves were done simply with the aim of delivering success.

“That is the problem these days,” he said.

“Whatever bulls— you say, nobody will forget it.

“On the other side, it is still kind of true. I couldn’t imagine the world would change like that two and a half years ago. £100m was a crazy number.

“Since then the world has changed completely. I am sure at this moment we have signed the most-expensive goalkeeper. It is early in the transfer window. There will be some nice transfers to follow.

“My responsibility is for this club to be as successful as possible. It is not for me to push through my thoughts and say we don’t want to buy players or pay big money and in the end Liverpool is not successful. That doesn’t work.

“We have a really good squad. To improve it is expensive. Better players than we already have are not waiting around the corner.

“You need to respect contracts but if you are interested in a player you have to try and bring them in. When we are convinced about it our owners, thank God, believe that much in the project, then they say let’s do it.”



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