Some clubs are owned by countries and oligarchs – Klopp

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has taken a dig at rivals Chelsea and Manchester City over their spending power.

The Reds have only signed Kostas Tsimikas from Olympiakos and have struggled in their pursuit of Bayern Munich midfielder, Thiago.

On the other hand, Chelsea have spent big with the arrivals of Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, Ben Chilwell and Hakim Ziyech while City have completed big-money deals for Nathan Ake and Ferran Torres.

“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,” Klopp told BBC Radio 5 Live.

“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 begin their title defence against newly promoted Leeds United on Saturday at Anfield.

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