Jurgen Klopp defends Darwin Nunez fee after criticising Manchester United over Paul Pogba transfer
Posted by  badge Boss on Jul 15
Jurgen Klopp previously criticised Man Utd spending £89m on Paul Pogba (Photo: Getty)

Liverpool manager has defended ’s huge transfer fee following his previous comments about ’s then word-record deal for .

Back in 2016, United broke transfer records when they bought back Pogba from Juventus for £89million, prompting Klopp to criticise the deal and .

However, he has been forced to eat his words on several occasions since, with Liverpool signing Virgil van Dijk for £75m and Alisson Becker for £65m in 2018, while Nunez has moved to Anfield this summer for a fee that could rise to £85m, a club-record.

‘[The transfer market has changed] a lot, obviously a lot,’ Klopp said while on Liverpool’s pre-season tour.

‘These kind of things happen. When you want to sign a striker as exciting as Darwin is, that’s the market and you have to pay the price.

‘I said so many things in my life and life caught me then later and showed me that my imagination was obviously not clear enough for how quickly life can change. That’s how it is.

Liverpool signed for Darwin Nunez for what could rise to be a club-record fee (Photo: Getty)

‘I forgot that I said this but everybody reminded me and then I thought, “Oh, okay, yeah…”. I’ve said worse things in my life, to be honest, but that’s one of them.’

Klopp was also keen to defend the money spent though, reiterating that their expenditure was offset by player sales.

He added: ‘Our situation is always the same, we try to level it somehow, the things we invest in the boys and in the players, we sell, it’s kind of that it’s not going out of any kind of range and that worked so far, but I know, I heard it immediately.’

The manager raises a fair point, with Van Dijk and Alisson’s purchases funded by the £142m sale of Phillipe Coutinho to Barcelona.

This summer, the signings of Nunez, Fabio Carvalho and Calvin Ramsay have cost £77m, however the Reds have generated £68m through the sales of Sadio Mane, Neco Williams, Takumi Minamino and Marko Grujic.


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