Jose Mourinho has backed Jurgen Klopp’s suggestion some clubs in the Premier League have bypassed financial difficulties during the coronavirus pandemic because they are owned by oligarchs and countries.
Liverpool boss Klopp made the comments with his side’s transfer business this window repeatedly being compared to the big-spending Chelsea and Manchester City.
Backed by owner Roman Abramovich, Chelsea are on the cusp of a £250million outlay in transfers this summer, but Mourinho said like Liverpool, Tottenham were run differently.
‘The other day Jurgen was saying Liverpool wasn’t a club of oligarchs and a club that belongs to countries,’ Mourinho said in a press conference on Friday.
‘We are the same. So we are not the kind of club that can go to the market and spend a fortune on players.
‘We are all working hard, I want to make it very, very clear, to get good balance and that good balance would be to get one more striker.’
Liverpool have made just one signing so far, while Tottenham have spent a combined £30m on Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Matt Doherty and Joe Hart.
Klopp signed Kostas Tsimikas as cover at left-back and the German hit out at. the criticism the Premier League champions have faced.
‘We live in a world at the moment with a lot of uncertainty,’ Klopp told BBC Radio 5 Live.
‘For some clubs it seems to be less important how uncertain the future is – owned by countries, owned by oligarchs, that’s the truth.
‘We’re a different kind of club. We got to the Champions League final two years ago, we won it last year, and became Premier League champions last season by being the club we are, by being led the way we are led.
‘We cannot just change it overnight and say, “So now we want to behave like Chelsea, now we want to behave like them”, now they’ve signed a lot of players.
‘That can be an advantage, of course, but that means they have to fit together pretty quickly as well. It’s not only about bringing quality in.
‘You cannot bring in the 11 best players in the world and just hope a week later they play the best football they ever will play.
‘It’s about working together on the training ground. That will probably be an advantage for us. We’ve worked quite a while with each other, but I know people don’t want to hear that.
‘But we did it last year, pretty much that way. For our reasons, club reasons, we always want to improve, we always want to improve the squad, but there are different ways.’
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