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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp: 'No chance' we would pay Neymar-size fee

Jurgen Klopp has told kicker there would be "no chance" that Liverpool would spend an amount similar to the world-record €222 million (£198.5m) Paris Saint-Germain paid for Neymar last year.

Klopp spoke out against high transfer fees after Manchester United paid £89.3m for Paul Pogba in 2016, but said this summer that he had changed his mind.

Following Philippe Coutinho's £142m departure to Barcelona in January, Liverpool have invested heavily this summer, signing Naby Keita, Fabinho, Xherdan Shaqiri and goalkeeper Alisson for a combined total of around £170m.

But asked about the possibility of Liverpool's owners, Fenway Sports Group, sanctioning a fee similar to that spent by PSG on Neymar, Klopp said: "No chance, no chance, no chance.

"We are not owned by a state like it's the case at two big clubs. We have our limits."

And questioned about whether Fenway could fulfill every transfer wish, Klopp said: "No. We have a conservative leadership."

He added: "It feels like €100m back then is €500m today. When Neymar joined PSG for €222m, I shook myself.

"Back then I had an opinion, but an incredible lot has happened since. In 2017, Neymar joined Paris, Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele joined Barcelona for a lot of money, and Kylian Mbappe [joined] Paris.

"This opened the whole thing, the money's on the market. Now, if Liverpool wants a player, the other clubs want a bit of the cake too. That's the story.

"And you must also keep in mind that players like Mo Salah, Sadio Mane or Robert Firmino, players we bought for €30m to €40m, have a different value on the transfer market these days. That's part of the business."

Liverpool, who boast the world's most expensive defender in Virgil van Dijk, paid a then world-record fee for Roma's Alisson in July.


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