The Star (Kenya)

Klopp adamant

Liverpool don’t need to spend like ri­vals Chelsea, as­serts boss

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Spend­ing huge amounts of money in the trans­fer mar­ket, like Chelsea have done this sum­mer, does not guar­an­tee suc­cess as clubs must do the hard work on the train­ing ground to in­te­grate new sign­ings, Liverpool man­ager Juer­gen Klopp has said.

Chelsea, owned by Rus­sian bil­lion­aire Ro­man Abramovich, have spent around 200 mil­lion pounds ($259.88 mil­lion) to bring in Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, Hakim Ziyech and Ben Chilwell, while Thi­ago Silva and Malang Sarr ar­rived on free trans­fers.

Pre­mier League cham­pi­ons Liverpool, who fin­ished 33 points ahead of Frank Lam­pard’s side last sea­son, have signed only left­back Kon­stanti­nos Tsimikas from Olympiakos Pi­raeus.

“We live in a world at the mo­ment with a lot of un­cer­tainty,”

Klopp told BBC. “For some clubs it’s less im­por­tant how un­cer­tain the fu­ture is: those owned by coun­tries, 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.

“We can­not just change overnight and say, ‘So now we want to be­have like Chelsea’. They are sign­ing a lot of play­ers. That can be an ad­van­tage but that means they have to fit to­gether pretty quickly.

“You can­not bring in the 11 best play­ers and hope a week later they play the best foot­ball ever. It’s about work­ing to­gether on the train­ing ground.”

Liverpool be­gin their ti­tle de­fence against newly-pro­moted Leeds United on Sept. 12 while

Chelsea face Brighton & Hove Al­bion two days later.

Mean­while, Ful­ham have signed goal­keeper Alphonse Are­ola on a sea­son-long loan deal from French Ligue 1 cham­pi­ons Paris St Ger­main with the op­tion to make the move per­ma­nent, the pro­moted Pre­mier League side said.

French World Cup-win­ner Are­ola, 27, spent the pre­vi­ous sea­son on loan at Spanish cham­pi­ons Real Madrid as part of a deal that took Key­lor Navas to Paris.

Ful­ham, who were rel­e­gated af­ter the 2018-19 sea­son, sealed an im­me­di­ate re­turn to the English top flight af­ter they beat Brent­ford 2-1 in the Cham­pi­onship play­off fi­nal.

Scott Parker’s side host Arsenal in their open­ing game of the Pre­mier League sea­son on Septem­ber 12.

 ?? /REUTERS /REUTERS ?? Liverpool man­ager Juer­gen Klopp
Leeds United play­ers cel­e­brate dur­ing a past match
/REUTERS /REUTERS Liverpool man­ager Juer­gen Klopp Leeds United play­ers cel­e­brate dur­ing a past match

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