Pep Guardiola is bang on about Liverpool’s spending under Jurgen Klopp in 2018

Jurgen Klopp was reminded over the weekend about comments he made back in 2016 about certain clubs spending big money on players.

The German coach said at the time: “Other clubs can spend big money on top players. I want to do it differently. I would do it differently even if I could spend that money.”

Those comments, however, now look rather hypocritical given the vast sums of cash that Liverpool have spent on new additions under Klopp over the past 12 months.

He encouraged the club to fork out £75 million on Virgil van Dijk – a world record fee for a defender – in January, while Liverpool also broke the world record fee for a goalkeeper (£67 million) with the purchase of Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson Becker from AS Roma last week.

He’s also brought in Fabinho from AS Monaco for £45 million, Xherdan Shaqiri from Stoke City for £13 million, and Naby Keita for £54 million from RB Leipzig.

Those five transfer fees add up to a cool £254 million, prompting journalists to question Klopp over his 2016 comments.

“I’ll do whatever it takes to make Liverpool successful,” Klopp told reporters, per the Mirror, at the weekend. “I couldn’t have imagined since then that the world would change like it has. Two years ago £100million was a crazy number. Since then the world has changed completely.

“First and foremost my responsibility is to make this club as successful as possible. It’s not about pushing through my thoughts or saying ‘No, I don’t want to buy players, I don’t want to pay big money’ and then in the end Liverpool is not successful.

“We have a really good team, a really good squad and to improve it is expensive. To find better players than we already have, they aren’t waiting around the corner.”

Klopp has bought in quality players for big money and who can blame him? Liverpool are now second favourites to win next season’s Premier League title and Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola could be forgiven if he feels a little anxious about the Reds’ squad this season.

However, the revered Catalan coach was asked about Liverpool’s eye-watering spending this summer and he’s spot on with his response.

“Every club does what they believe. I understand the money completely,” Guardiola said, per the Daily Mail, ahead of City’s friendly against Liverpool.

“I’m not concerned at what someone says one day (in the past). Liverpool believe they need these players and spend this money so I’m not judging what they’re doing.

“If they decide that then it’s perfect for them. I don’t like when my colleagues talk about me.

“We increased the level of the Premier League and that means the others ones want to do better and better.”

Well said, Pep. He acknowledges that spending mega money is part and parcel of being an elite football club.

If Liverpool didn’t spend this money over the past seven months, they wouldn’t now be in a position to seriously challenge City and others for the league title this season.

Guardiola also admits that Liverpool are a club that could put pressure on City for the title during the 2018-19 campaign.

“Always Liverpool is a contender with the history they have,” he added. ‘We’ll see on the pitch.”