Jurgen Klopp: We can't be like Chelsea

Updated: 12 September, 2020 12:36 IST | AFP | London

Liverpool boss Klopp takes dig at London rivals ahead of Reds's title defence that kicks off v Leeds today; insists new signings do not guarantee success.

Jurgen Klopp
Jurgen Klopp

Jurgen Klopp has warned Liverpool's title rivals that splashing out on new signings is no guarantee of success as the Premier League champions start their new campaign against Leeds today. Klopp's side are back in action just seven weeks after Jordan Henderson lifted the trophy to mark the culmination of Liverpool's first title-winning campaign for 30 years.

They won 32 of their 38 games to finish 18 points clear of second-placed Manchester City and 33 ahead of both third-placed Manchester United and fourth-placed Chelsea. But for City, United and Chelsea, the brief break since last season has given them a much-needed chance to improve their firepower by splashing out in the transfer window.

Chelsea have been the biggest spenders as Frank Lampard invested around £200 million (R1,888cr) on Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, Hakim Ziyech and Ben Chilwell, with Thiago Silva arriving on a free transfer and goalkeeper Edouard Mendy reportedly set to join from Rennes as well. City boss Pep Guardiola has responded by signing Dutch international Nathan Ake from Bournemouth. City have also signed promising Spanish winger Ferran Torres from Valencia.

Across Manchester at Old Trafford, United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a vibrant young team that finished strongly after the January arrival of Bruno Fernandes. A full season for Portugal playmaker Fernandes, combined with Solskjaer's swoop for Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek, should allow United to narrow the gap to Liverpool.

In contrast, Liverpool have adopted a cautious approach given the financial fall-out from the Coronavirus. Klopp's only addition to date is Greece left-back Kostas Tsimikas, but the Reds boss believes the continuity in Liverpool's squad will serve them well while their overhauled rivals try to gel. "For some clubs it seems less important how uncertain the future is: those owned by countries, owned by oligarchs, that's the truth. We're a different kind of club," Klopp told the BBC.

"We cannot just change it overnight and say, 'so now we want to behave like Chelsea'. Now they are signing a lot of players. That can be an advantage of course but that means they have to fit together pretty quickly as well. It's about working together on the training ground. That will probably be an advantage for us," he added.

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First Published: 12 September, 2020 10:01 IST

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