Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is “jealous” of Manchester City’s riches after his comments about Newcastle United, according to one pundit.
After a mixed start to the new Premier League season, the Reds looked to have turned a corner with back-to-back wins over Manchester City and West Ham.
However, they came crashing back down to earth on Saturday when Taiwo Awoniyi – who used to be on the books at Anfield – scored the only goal of the game to give Nottingham Forest victory over Liverpool.
Before the match, Klopp took a swipe at Newcastle, Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain – who are all owned by Gulf states – over their ownership models with the Liverpool boss claiming his club cannot compete.
Klopp said last week: “What can Liverpool do? We cannot act like them. It is not possible – not possible.
“It is just clear, and again, you know the answer. There are three clubs in world football (Man City, PSG and Newcastle) who can do what they want financially. It’s legal and everything, fine, but they can do what they want.
“Newcastle ( Dan Ashworth ) said there’s no ceiling for the club, he’s right, there is no ceiling for Newcastle – congratulations, some other clubs have ceilings. We cannot act like them. It’s not possible.”
Former Scotland international Frank McAvennie agrees with Klopp and insists the “jealous” Liverpool boss hasn’t “said anything wrong”.
“It is true what he is saying,” McAvennie told Football Insider.
“They are going to be saying that of Newcastle once they get nearer the top. The bigger players will be going to Newcastle, including one or two in January, because they can pay the most. That is not a criticism, it is the truth.
“You also need to have a manager like Pep who can buy good players. It is alright buying big players but they might not fit in to the team or the way Man City play. Up to now he has done wonders.
“I do not think there is anything wrong with what Klopp is saying. Pep will know that, he will know he has got the money to buy anyone he wants. It is getting the right ones, that is the problem. Getting ones that will fit into the team and not upset the dressing room.
“Klopp will have been told he is not getting that kind of money. Of course he will be a little bit jealous but he has not said anything wrong.”
Klopp has been trying to get the best out of the Egyptian in that position but former Premier League striker Noel Whelan reckons Salah could switch back out to the wing to face Ajax in the Champions League in midweek.
When asked if he could move back to the right wing against Ajax, Whelan told Football Insider: “He has played in a more central role.
“We are used to seeing Salah out on the right-hand side, cutting in and using that left foot which we know is so deadly.
“There was a lot of below par performances for Liverpool, especially up front. There are plenty of players in that team who can unlock the door against a team that sits deep and defend. We did not see that the other day though.
“Everything came from set-pieces but they did not capitalise on their chances. You have to take them in the Premier League. It could have been a different story if one of those set-pieces had gone in.
“You have to give great credit to Nottingham Forest for the desire they showed. It was an important win for them.”
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