Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has admitted that he has changed his mind regarding comments made in the past on high transfer fees paid by his rivals for players. Klopp had famously revealed that he would not have paid a high transfer fee for Paul Pogba and would rather choose to develop players.
However, in a twist of events, it has been Klopp who has spent large sums of money in the transfer market in the recent past, with the German claiming that he does not care if people call him a hypocrite.
The Reds have spent large sums of money in signing Alisson Becker (£65 million), with the Brazilian becoming the latest big money signing in the last 12 months, following Virgil van Dijk (£75m), Naby Keita (£52.75m), Fabinho (£44m) and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (£40m).
🔴 Jurgen Klopp (2016):— SPORF (@Sporf) July 18, 2018
🗣 "Other clubs can spend big money on top players. I want to do it differently. I would even do it differently if I could spend that money."
📅 January 2018:
💰 Spends world record fee on a Centre Back
📅 July 2018:
💰 Spends world record fee on a GK pic.twitter.com/RkNkzvptpU
"That is the problem these days. Whatever bulls--- you say, nobody will forget it. On the other side, it is still kind of true. I couldn't imagine the world would change like that two and a half years ago. £100m was a crazy number," Klopp said as quoted by ESPN.
"Since then the world has changed completely. I am sure at this moment we have signed the most-expensive goalkeeper. It is early in the transfer window. There will be some nice transfers to follow."
"We don't care what the world around us is thinking, like Man United didn't care what I said. It is only an opinion in that moment. Did I change my opinion? Yes. That is true. But it is better to change your opinion than never have one. That is it," he concluded.
Liverpool are currently preparing for the 2018/19 season, with the squad set to travel to the United States of America where they will face Manchester United, Manchester City, Napoli and Borussia Dortmund.