Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has indirectly referred to Chelsea and Manchester City s clubs being owned by “countries” and “oligarchs.”
This is following the financial power both clubs have. Chelsea has so far spent up to 200m Pounds in the transfer market acquiring the service pf Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, and Hakim Ziyech to reinforce their squad and compete for titles.
Liverpool, who recently won its first Premier League title in three decades have been struggling to land its main target, Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich, boasting of only the arrival of left-back, Kostas Tsimikas from Olympiakos this summer.
City, on the other hand, has completed big-money deals for Nathan Ake and Ferran Torres so far this summer.
Klopp: Liverpool can’t behave like Chelsea and Manchester City
Speaking with BBC Radio 5 Live on the status of the club that won the UEFA Champions League last two seasons and Premier League last, Klopp said it will take some time for new arrivals to settle into their respective clubs.
“We live in a world at the moment with a lot of uncertainty. For some clubs, it seems less important how uncertain the future is.
“Owned by countries, owned by oligarchs, that’s the truth. We are a different kind of club. We got to the Champions League final two years ago, we won it last year.
“We became Premier League champions last season by being the club we are. We cannot change it overnight and say: ‘Now we want to behave like Chelsea.”
“They are signing a lot of players. That can be an advantage, but that means they have to fit together. You cannot bring in the 11 best players in the world and just hope a week later they play the best football.
“It’s about working on the training ground. That will probably be an advantage for us. We’ve worked quite a while with each other.”
Liverpool begins their title defence against newly-promoted Leeds United on Saturday at Anfield.
Klopp receives Premier League Manager of the Season award
Meanwhile, Klopp has been presented with the Premier League Manager of the Season award at Melwood.
The Red boss won the prize in August after guiding Liverpool to their first league title in 30 years racking up a club-record 99 points. The Reds completed the season with 18 point gap from Manchester City.
The point gap was also a benchmark for the earliest win in history, which was done with seven matches left. Liverpool completed the season with 18 points gap between them and second place Man City.
Other nominees for the award were Frank Lampard (Chelsea), Brendan Rodgers (Leicester City), and Chris Wilder (Sheffield United).
The German was also the winner of the League Managers Association’s Manager of the Year for last season.