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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp: Clubs can collect top players... I am trying to build a team, a real team

By Kevin Palmer

Published 29/07/2016

Jurgen Klopp is happy with the transfer set-up at Liverpool
Jurgen Klopp is happy with the transfer set-up at Liverpool

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has suggested Manchester United’s pursuit of Paul Pogba is laced with peril after claiming he would not spend £100m on a single player.

In comments that are bound to stir a reaction from United supporters, Klopp has claimed Jose Mourinho’s summer of big spending is not a guaranteed route to success as he suggested there was an alternative way to build a title winning team.

United are expected to wrap up a world record breaking transfer to Pogba imminently, with a fee slightly below £100m set to see the player who left Old Trafford for nothing four years ago make an expensive return.

Yet Liverpool are going about their business in a different manner and even though Klopp has spent big money to sign Sadio Mane, Georginio Wijnaldum, Ragnar Klavan, Loris Karius and Joel Matip this summer, he suggested spending a vast sum on one footballer is a risky plan.

“If you bring one player in for £100m and he gets injured, then it all goes through the chimney,” stated Klopp. “The day that this is football, I'm not in a job anymore, because the game is about playing together.

“That is how everybody in football understands it. You always want to have the best, but building the group is necessary to be successful.

“Other clubs can go out and spend more money and collect top players. I want to do it differently. I would even do it differently if I could spend that money.

“I don't know exactly how much money we could spend because nobody has told me, 'No, you can't do this'.

“If I spend money, it is because I am trying to build a team, a real team. Barcelona did it. You can win championships, you can win titles, but there is a manner in which you want it.”

Klopp suggested Liverpool were looking to sign players who are not among the most wanted in European football, as he hinted the competition at the top end of the transfer market was too much for his club to compete with.

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas (3rd L) receives a red card after fouling Liverpool player Ragnar Klavan (on ground) during their International Champions Cup (ICC) game at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California on July 27, 2016.
Chelsea won 1-0. / AFP PHOTO / Mark RalstonMARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images
Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas (3rd L) receives a red card after fouling Liverpool player Ragnar Klavan (on ground) during their International Champions Cup (ICC) game at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California on July 27, 2016. Chelsea won 1-0. / AFP PHOTO / Mark RalstonMARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images
PASADENA, CA - JULY 27: Cesc Fabregas #4 of Chelsea is sent off in the second half after receiving a red card against Liverpool during the 2016 International Champions Cup at Rose Bowl on July 27, 2016 in Pasadena, California. Chelsea defeated Liverpool 1-0. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
Liverpool's Roberto Firmino (11) and Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas, right, leap for the ball during the first half of an International Champions Cup soccer match at the Rose Bowl, Wednesday, July 27, 2016, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Liverpool's Ovie Ejaria, center, is defended by Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas, right, and Ola Aina during the first half of an International Champions Cup soccer match at the Rose Bowl, Wednesday, July 27, 2016, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
PASADENA, CA - JULY 27: Lazar Markovic #50 of Liverpool is challenged by Nathaniel Chalobah #29 of Chelsea in the second half during the 2016 International Champions Cup at Rose Bowl on July 27, 2016 in Pasadena, California. Chelsea defeated Liverpool 1-0. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
Dejan Lovren of Liverpool lays on the ground as his teammates tend to him in the second half against Chelsea during the 2016 International Champions Cup at Rose Bowl on July 27, 2016 in Pasadena, California. Chelsea defeated Liverpool 1-0. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JULY 27: Roberto Firmino #11 of Liverpool is challenged by Nemanja Matic #21 of Chelsea in the first half during the 2016 International Champions Cup at Rose Bowl on July 27, 2016 in Pasadena, California. Chelsea defeated Liverpool 1-0. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JULY 27: Willian # 22 of Chelsea is pursued by Ovie Ejaria #53 and Ragnar Klavan #17 of Liverpool in the second half during the 2016 International Champions Cup at Rose Bowl on July 27, 2016 in Pasadena, California. Chelsea defeated Liverpool 1-0. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JULY 27: Cesc Fabregas #4 of Chelsea is sent off in the second half after receiving a red card against Liverpool during the 2016 International Champions Cup at Rose Bowl on July 27, 2016 in Pasadena, California. Chelsea defeated Liverpool 1-0. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JULY 27: Nemanja Matic #21 of Chelsea controls the ball while being pursued by Cameron Brannagan #25 of Liverpool in the second half during the 2016 International Champions Cup at Rose Bowl on July 27, 2016 in Pasadena, California. Chelsea defeated Liverpool 1-0. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JULY 27: John Terry #26 of Chelsea acknowledges the fans at the conclusion of the game against Liverpool during the 2016 International Champions Cup at Rose Bowl on July 27, 2016 in Pasadena, California. Chelsea defeated Liverpool 1-0. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
Chelsea coach Antonio Conte (C) gestures during their International Champions Cup (ICC) game against Liverpool at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California on July 27, 2016. Chelsea won 1-0. / AFP PHOTO / Mark RalstonMARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images
Chelsea coach Antonio Conte (C) gestures during their International Champions Cup (ICC) game against Liverpool at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California on July 27, 2016. Chelsea won 1-0. / AFP PHOTO / Mark RalstonMARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images
Members of the Chelsea team pose for a photograph before their their International Champions Cup (ICC) game against Liverpool at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California on July 27, 2016. Chelsea won 1-0. / AFP PHOTO / Mark RalstonMARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp, right, and Chelsea coach Antonio Conte share a laugh before the start of the International Champions Cup soccer match at the Rose Bowl, Wednesday, July 27, 2016, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Chelsea coach Antonio Conte signs his autographs after the team's International Champions Cup soccer match against the Liverpool at the Rose Bowl, Wednesday, July 27, 2016, in Pasadena, Calif. The Chelsea won 1-0. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Chelsea midfielder Willian (R) gets past Liverpool defender Alberto Moreno (L) during their International Champions Cup (ICC) game at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California on July 27, 2016. Chelsea won 1-0. / AFP PHOTO / Mark RalstonMARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images
Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas (3rd L) receives a red card after fouling Liverpool player Ragnar Klavan (on ground) during their International Champions Cup (ICC) game at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California on July 27, 2016. Chelsea won 1-0. / AFP PHOTO / Mark RalstonMARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images
Chelsea midfielder Willian (C) is blocked by Liverpool defender Ragnar Klavan (R) during their International Champions Cup (ICC) game at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California on July 27, 2016. Chelsea won 1-0. / AFP PHOTO / Mark RalstonMARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images
PASADENA, CA - JULY 27: Willian # 22 of Chelsea is pursued by Alberto Moreno #18 of Liverpool in the second half during the 2016 International Champions Cup at Rose Bowl on July 27, 2016 in Pasadena, California. Chelsea defeated Liverpool 1-0. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JULY 27: Sadio Mane #19 of Liverpool gets past John Terry #26 of Chelsea in the first half during the 2016 International Champions Cup at Rose Bowl on July 27, 2016 in Pasadena, California. Chelsea defeated Liverpool 1-0. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JULY 27: Ruben Loftus-Cheek #36 of Chelsea is pursued by Dejan Lovren #6 of Liverpool in the second half during the 2016 International Champions Cup at Rose Bowl on July 27, 2016 in Pasadena, California. Chelsea defeated Liverpool 1-0. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JULY 27: Ruben Loftus-Cheek #36 of Chelsea is pursued by Kevin Stewart #35 of Liverpool in the second half during the 2016 International Champions Cup at Rose Bowl on July 27, 2016 in Pasadena, California. Chelsea defeated Liverpool 1-0. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JULY 27: Ruben Loftus-Cheek #36 of Chelsea is pursued by Kevin Stewart #35 of Liverpool in the second half during the 2016 International Champions Cup at Rose Bowl on July 27, 2016 in Pasadena, California. Chelsea defeated Liverpool 1-0. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
Liverpool coach Trent Arnold-Alexander (L) talks with officials after their International Champions Cup (ICC) game against Chelsea at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California on July 27, 2016. Chelsea won 1-0. / AFP PHOTO / Mark RalstonMARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images
A fan is chased by security as he runs towards Chelsea midfielder Willian after their International Champions Cup (ICC) game against Liverpool at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California on July 27, 2016. Chelsea won 1-0. / AFP PHOTO / Mark RalstonMARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images
Chelsea coach Antonio Conte (C) gestures beside Liverpool player Ragnar Klavan (L) during their International Champions Cup (ICC) football match at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California on July 27, 2016. Chelsea won 1-0. / AFP PHOTO / Mark RalstonMARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images
Chelsea's John Terry, center, misses a header during the second half of the International Champions Cup soccer match against the Liverpool at the Rose Bowl, Wednesday, July 27, 2016, in Pasadena, Calif. The Chelsea won 1-0. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Liverpool's Ovie Ejaria, center, is defended by Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas, right, and Ola Aina during the first half of an International Champions Cup soccer match at the Rose Bowl, Wednesday, July 27, 2016, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Chelsea's Willian, left, moves the ball past Liverpool's Kevin Stewart during the first half of an International Champions Cup soccer match at the Rose Bowl, Wednesday, July 27, 2016, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Chelsea's Willian, right, controls the ball against Liverpool's Kevin Stewart during the second half of the International Champions Cup soccer match at the Rose Bowl, Wednesday, July 27, 2016, in Pasadena, Calif. The Chelsea won 1-0. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Liverpool's Roberto Firmino (11) and Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas, right, leap for the ball during the first half of an International Champions Cup soccer match at the Rose Bowl, Wednesday, July 27, 2016, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Chelsea coach Antonio Conte reacts to a play during the second half of the International Champions Cup soccer match against the Liverpool at the Rose Bowl, Wednesday, July 27, 2016, in Pasadena, Calif. The Chelsea won 1-0. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Chelsea's Bertrand Traore, left, is fouled by Liverpool's Ragnar Klavan during the first half of the International Champions Cup soccer match at the Rose Bowl, Wednesday, July 27, 2016, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Liverpool fans cheer for their team before the Liverpool's International Champions Cup soccer match against the Chelsea at the Rose Bowl, Wednesday, July 27, 2016, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Chelsea goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, left, makes a save as Liverpool's Kevin Stewart watches during the first half of the International Champions Cup soccer match at the Rose Bowl, Wednesday, July 27, 2016, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Chelsea's Ruben Loftus-Cheek, bottom, falls to the ground as he is defended by Liverpool's Dejan Lovren, right, and Ragnar Klavan during the second half of the International Champions Cup soccer match at the Rose Bowl, Wednesday, July 27, 2016, in Pasadena, Calif. The Chelsea won 1-0. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
PASADENA, CA - JULY 27: Ruben Loftus-Cheek #36 of Chelsea is tripped up while pursuing Kevin Stewart #35 of Liverpool in the first half during the 2016 International Champions Cup at Rose Bowl on July 27, 2016 in Pasadena, California. Chelsea defeated Liverpool 1-0. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
Chelsea's Ruben Loftus-Cheek, center, is defended by Liverpool's Dejan Lovren, right, and Ragnar Klavan during the second half of the International Champions Cup soccer match at the Rose Bowl, Wednesday, July 27, 2016, in Pasadena , Calif. The Chelsea won 1-0. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
PASADENA, CA - JULY 27: Goal keeper Asmir Begovic #1 of Chelsea is congratulated by Nemanja Matic #21 after making a save against Liverpool in the first half during the 2016 International Champions Cup at Rose Bowl on July 27, 2016 in Pasadena, California. Chelsea defeated Liverpool 1-0. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JULY 27: Ruben Loftus-Cheek #36 of Chelsea is pursued by Dejan Lovren #6 of Liverpool in the second half during the 2016 International Champions Cup at Rose Bowl on July 27, 2016 in Pasadena, California. Chelsea defeated Liverpool 1-0. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JULY 27: Ruben Loftus-Cheek #36 of Chelsea is tackled by Dejan Lovren #6 of Liverpool in the second half during the 2016 International Champions Cup at Rose Bowl on July 27, 2016 in Pasadena, California. Chelsea defeated Liverpool 1-0. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
Chelsea defender Gary Cahill (4th L) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during their International Champions Cup (ICC) football match against Liverpool at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California on July 27, 2016. Chelsea won 1-0. / AFP PHOTO / Mark RalstonMARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images
Chelsea's Gary Cahill, second from left, celebrates his goal with teammates during the first half of an International Champions Cup soccer match against Liverpool at the Rose Bowl, Wednesday, July 27, 2016, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Chelsea coach Antonio Conte (C) gestures during their International Champions Cup (ICC) football match against Liverpool at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California on July 27, 2016. Chelsea won 1-0. / AFP PHOTO / Mark RalstonMARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images
Chelsea's defender John Terry (R) tackles Liverpool's forward Sadio Mane (L) during their International Champions Cup (ICC) football match at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California on July 27, 2016. Chelsea won 1-0. / AFP PHOTO / Mark RalstonMARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images
PASADENA, CA - JULY 27: Cesc Fabregas #4 of Chelsea receives a red card from referee Baldomero Toledo after a hard challenge to Ragnar Klavan #17 of Liverpool in the second half during the 2016 International Champions Cup at Rose Bowl on July 27, 2016 in Pasadena, California. Chelsea defeated Liverpool 1-0. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JULY 27: Chelsea manager Antoine Conte is warned by referee Baldomero Toledo in the first half against Liverpool during the 2016 International Champions Cup at Rose Bowl on July 27, 2016 in Pasadena, California. Chelsea defeated Liverpool 1-0. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
Defender John Terry of Chelsea (L) clashes with Forward Sadio Mane of Liverpool (R) during their International Champions Cup (ICC) game at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California on July 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Mark RalstonMARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images
Chelsea Goalkeeper Asmir Begovic (L) looks on after clashing with Dejan Lovren of Liverpool (injured) in front of goal during their International Champions Cup (ICC) game at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California on July 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Mark RalstonMARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images
Chelsea Goalkeeper Asmir Begovic (R) clashes with Dejan Lovren of Liverpool (R) in front of goal during their International Champions Cup (ICC) game at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California on July 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Mark RalstonMARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images
PASADENA, CA - JULY 27: (L-R) Gary Cahill #24, Ruben Loftus-Cheek #36 and John Terry #26 of Chelsea celebrate Cahill's first half goal against Liverpool during the 2016 International Champions Cup at Rose Bowl on July 27, 2016 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
Defender John Terry of Chelsea (L) clashes with Forward Sadio Mane of Liverpool (R) during their International Champions Cup (ICC) game at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California on July 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Mark RalstonMARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images
PASADENA, CA - JULY 27: Roberto Firmino #11 of Liverpool and Gary Cahill #24 of Chelsea fight for the ball in the first half during the 2016 International Champions Cup at the Rose Bowl on July 27, 2016 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JULY 27: Philippe Coutinho #10 of Liverpool is tackled by John Terry #26 of Chelsea in the first half during the 2016 International Champions Cup at the Rose Bowl on July 27, 2016 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
Defender John Terry of Chelsea (L) clashes with Forward Sadio Mane of Liverpool (R) during their International Champions Cup (ICC) game at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California on July 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Mark RalstonMARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images
Defender Gary Cahill of Chelsea heads the ball to score during their International Champions Cup (ICC) game against Liverpool, at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California on July 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Mark RalstonMARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images
Defender Gary Cahill of Chelsea (L) celebrates with teammates after scoring during their International Champions Cup (ICC) game against Liverpool at Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California on July 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Mark RalstonMARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images
Defender Gary Cahill of Chelsea heads the ball to score during their International Champions Cup (ICC) game against Liverpool, at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California on July 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Mark RalstonMARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images
New Chelsea coach Antonio Conte (L) and striker Diego Costa (R) during a training session before their International Champions Cup (ICC) game against Liverpool, at the UCLA Campus in Westwood, California on July 26, 2016. The two teams will meet at the Rose Bowl on July 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Mark RalstonMARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images
Chelsea defender John Terry with fans before their International Champions Cup (ICC) game against Liverpool, at the UCLA Campus in Westwood, California on July 26, 2016. The two teams will meet at the Rose Bowl on July 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Mark RalstonMARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images

“If you all swim in the same pool, the pool is too small - you all go for the same players,” he added. “There are a lot of players outside that pool - good players on to the next step in their career. We try to find them.

“The best player of the last season is good to know but it is more interesting trying to find out who will be the best next year. If you knew it now that would be a really cool transfer! It would be much cheaper too. That is what we work for.”

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