Pep Guardiola hits back at Jurgen Klopp over transfer spending comments

Guardiola having none of it

Pep Guardiola has hit back at Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, after the German suggested that Manchester City can sign who they want and when they want.

A rivalry is brewing between Manchester City and Liverpool.

The two sides went head to head throughout the majority of the Premier League season in the last campaign.

The title race even came down to the last day, with Manchester City having made no mistakes against Brighton to secure top spot.

Now, ahead of the new season, jibes are already being exchanged.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 09: Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp (l) and Pep Guardiola react during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Liverpool at Etihad Stadium on September 9, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Klopp: “Whatever they need, they do. You cannot compare that. That is the situation”

Speaking ahead of the new season, Jurgen Klopp claimed that Liverpool could not keep up with Man City in the transfer market.

The Manchester club have signed Rodri, Zack Steffen and Angeliño so far this summer.

Meanwhile, Liverpool are yet to sign anyone.

Speaking about the lack of activity, Klopp suggested that his side couldn’t spend like Pep Guardiola’s side can.

The German also admitted that City are among four clubs who can get ‘whatever they need’.

“We are not in this fantasy land where you just get whatever you want,” Klopp explained, as cited by the Manchester Evening News.

“It looks like there are four clubs in the world who can do it constantly.

“Madrid, Barcelona, City and PSG. Whatever they need, they do. You cannot compare that. That is the situation.”

Guardiola hits back at Klopp

Now, Pep Guardiola has responded to Klopp’s claims.

The Manchester City boss admitted that he was ‘bothered’ by the Liverpool boss’ comments, claiming that it’s not true that he can spend £200 million each window.

“Of course it bothers me, because it’s not true that we spend £200m every transfer market,” Pep explained, as quoted by the Mirror.

“Two seasons ago if we spent a lot it’s because I took over the team and we had 10 or 11 players over 30 years old so we had to do it.

“But we cannot spend £200m every season. For example last season Liverpool spent more than £200m last season, and cannot do it this season, but it’s the same.”

 

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