Published: Sun, July 29, 2018
Sport | By Matt Richards

Jurgen Klopp defends Liverpool's transfer policy after Jose Mourinho's dig

Jurgen Klopp defends Liverpool's transfer policy after Jose Mourinho's dig

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has indicated that his Liverpool counterpart Jurgen Klopp must challenge for the Premier League title after heavy spending, with fans from both sides reacting to the comments.

Karius made two high-profile errors as Liverpool lost the Champions League final in May, while his form so far in pre-season has also been questionable with mistakes against Tranmere Rovers and Borussia Dortmund.

The Liverpool boss was today asked by Sky Sports whether he thought Mourinho was trying to entice him in a battle of mind games.

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And although Alisson's arrival nearly certainly means Karius will now be confined to to the substitutes' bench, Klopp has insisted he still has full faith in the 25-year-old and fellow stopper Simon Mignolet.

Add on top of that the expected exit of misfit Markovic who has struggled to establish himself at Liverpool for between £5m-7m, and it could be a sensible move to offload them all.

While Jurgen Klopp will be targeting silverware this season, he insists Liverpool aren't willing to sacrifice their attractive style of play to achieve success.

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"I don't think about my players like this - like, maybe he's in or out". I'm pretty sure they will do business as well in the next few days, but we know about our responsibility.

Klopp continued: "Ramos said a lot of things that I didn't like".

"I am completely open to individualising training and saying "you do that, you have to do that more".

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"It is action-reaction-action-reaction and I don't like that but - if you watch it back and you are not with Real Madrid - then you think it is ruthless and brutal", the coach told the press at the International Champions Cup before the club's match against Manchester City. "We bring in another one because we can make the next step with the new players, like Naby [Keita] and all the others".

"If he is happy about our transfers even better, but we know that it does not mean you win automatically whatever". You take the rough with the smooth. "Depends on the football we play". We don't look for excuses and if people now say with this squad we have to [win something], that's really not interesting.

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