JURGEN KLOPP recently denounced Chelsea’s lavish summer spending, but Liverpool’s opening day with XI cost more than the Blues.
The Reds boss has targeted the Londoners saying that Liverpool are a “different kind of club” and that they will not “change overnight and behave like Chelsea”.
Frank Lampard immediately responded to the German, to whom he had told him to “fuck” at Anfield towards the end of last season.
And it seems the Blues boss was right to defend his club as his opening day lineup cost £ 43m less than Liverpool’s.
Chelsea’s starting XI in a 3-1 win in Brighton saw four Academy graduates included in a squad that cost £ 307 million.
While for the 4-3 home win over Leeds, Klopp’s side only had one star – Trent Alexander-Arnold – from their academy with the remaining ten costing £ 353m.
So far the Reds have only signed one sign in the summer transfer window, bringing Greek left-back Kostas Tsimikas for £ 11.75m.
However, Chelsea wasted no time in spending a lot with Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell, Kai Havertz all coming for £ 230 million – plus Thiago Silva and Malang Sarr joined as free agents.
If and when Ziyech and Chilwell are able to start for Lampard, his best XI will likely cost slightly more than Klopp’s.
But given Chelsea’s recent transfer ban and the £ 143m they’ve grossed from Eden Hazard’s transfer to Real Madrid, Lampard thinks his side are just catching up.
Responding to Klopp’s jibe, he said: “The reality is – aside from perhaps Leicester, which was an incredible story – most of the league winning clubs nowadays have recruited well and have recruited at quite a high level since. economic point of view.
“You can go through the Liverpool players: [Virgil] Van Dijk, Alisson, Fabinho, [Naby] Keita, [Sadio] Mane, [Mohamed] Salah. Incredible players at a very high price. Liverpool have been doing this for a period of time.
“What we did came out of a suspension and probably try to deal with the situation to help us improve. We know Liverpool have spent at a high level.
“We know they have an incredible coach. We know they have incredible players.
“The really smart thing Liverpool have done is believe in their manager and their system for several years. It’s a good story, but it’s a story they’ve spent money on the players.”
The couple got involved in a sideline squabble in July.
The Blues boss repeatedly cursed Klopp and his “arrogant” staff behind the scenes, at one point telling the German to “fuck it” and “sit down”.
And in a recent interview with BBC Radio 5Live, Klopp said: “We live in a world right now with a lot of uncertainty.
“For some clubs it seems less important how uncertain the future is. Owned by countries, owned by oligarchs, that’s the truth. We are a different kind of club.
“We made it 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 can’t change it overnight and say:” Now we want to behave like Chelsea “.
“They are signing a lot of players. This can be an advantage, but it means they have to stick together.
“You can’t bring the 11 best players in the world and you just hope they play the best football a week later.
“It’s about working on the training ground. It will probably be an advantage for us. We worked a little together.”
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