Jurgen Klopp defends Liverpool transfer policy after spending £177m

Rex Christensen
August 10, 2018

Jurgen Klopp has defended Liverpool's transfer policy this summer after they spent more than any of their Premier League rivals - £177million in total.

Liverpool spent a reported £176million ($225million, 196million euros) bringing in, among others, Brazilians goalkeeper Alisson and midfielder Fabinho and Klopp hopes to deliver Liverpool's first league title in the Premier League era, with the last of their 18 champions crowns coming in 1990.

Jurgen Klopp said Liverpool "have to be" Rocky Balboa in this season's Premier League title race and compared Manchester City to Ivan Drago. It was pretty normal there would be one season when we would spend more money. You dive in the water and now let's go for it until we don't have enough air.

Klopp, who took over at Liverpool job in 2015 after guiding Borussia Dortmund to two Bundesliga titles, says he expects his players to fight to the last breath for the league title.

"The plan is that we really go for it", Klopp said.

'City - the champions - have not lost a player and brought in Mahrez.

The Reds were one of the most exciting teams to watch in world football last season, thrilling fans with their own unique brand of expansive, high-octane football.

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"We have to try to reach the highest, that is always my expectations".

"The league is exactly the same".

"It's not an easy thing - there's a lot of thought that goes into that kind of stuff and a lot of the time, you've just got no choice". We know that. We have to be more clinical in the right moments, we have to be more aggressive in the right moments. Somebody told me [Liverpool were] the unluckiest team.

"Unbeknown to a lot of people, or a lot of people don't seem to know, is that we didn't have a choice in him leaving".

They did finish a distant 25 points adrift of Pep Guardiola's magnificent City side, however, and Klopp's men will have to make drastic improvements this season, if they are to have any chance of toppling the Citizens.

"We can improve everything: we can improve our offensive game, we can improve our defensive game". It's about losing them in other games.

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