Manchester City manager Jurgen Klopp is adamant about financial fair play, but deep down he is unsure ahead of tonight's Premier League game after deducting ten points from Everton. than before The Liverpool manager has remained steadfast in his views on financial fair play over the years and has recently taken a tougher stance on the competitive imbalance caused by state-owned players.
And his historic comments today against Manchester City at Anfield carry even more weight given Everton announced a 10-point deduction for financial misconduct last week. The focus is on the consequences if the allegations are proven. Months before City were charged with 115 breaches of Premier League financial rules last season, Klopp drew praise and ridicule for saying the world's three clubs "can do whatever they want" when it comes to spending. Money
On several occasions he has expressed himself very positively about FFP being an effective control of overspending. In a way this is a contradiction. Another way to look at it is that both views contain some truth. In theory, FFP should be effective, but the problem across Europe is that clubs are finding creative ways to avoid fines or avoiding them by ignoring technical details.
Meanwhile, Klopp's comments last autumn pointed to the ability of City, Newcastle and PSG to offer wages and bonuses and said other companies could not compete because their owners were state investment institutions. And that explains why other teams, including Liverpool, can't match that purchasing power.
Klopp said: “You won’t like the answer, but you already have the answer. Nobody can match City in that regard. “We have the best team in the world and the best striker on the market.
“We just do it, no matter what it costs. We know City won't like it and nobody will. You asked the question and you know the answer. What about Liverpool? We can't behave like them, that's Liverpool." "There are three clubs in world football that can do whatever they want financially. It's legal and everything is fine." No, but they can do whatever they want want. But we have to... we have to: "We need it, we need it, we have to look here and be young, and here we have to." Be younger." "That's what you have to do. And you compete with it. You."
Liverpool have spent around £810m on new signings since Klopp's arrival at Anfield in October 2015. The city spent £1.3 billion over the same period. But wages are also a factor and Klopp believes Saudi-owned Newcastle will soon join the Emirates-backed City.
“You all know this and you should know it,” he added. “I just heard someone at Newcastle (sporting director Dan Ashworth) say: ‘There’s no ceiling at this club.’ Yes, he’s right. Absolutely right. There is no ceiling at Newcastle.”
In 2020, Klopp praised FFP while simultaneously taking aim at City when the Court of Arbitration for Sport overturned a UEFA ban on the club. City won an appeal after he was banned for two years for breaching European FFP rules and when asked about it the next day, Klopp said: "To be honest, I don't think yesterday was a good day was for football.”
“FFP is a good idea. It serves to protect the team and the competition. So we have to make sure that no one overspends and that the money we want to spend is based on the right resources. It’s difficult for the richest.” Clubs. And the countries do what they want. That leads to a world league, but it depends on the ownership of the club, not the name of the club.
“It's not my job to judge, and I won't. I just hope we stick with this FFP system and it gives us the limits we have to go to and it's good for football. So I hope this system survives. If no one does it.” . He has to be careful, it will be difficult to keep up.”
His comments come even as the Premier League punishes its closest geographical rivals and awaits the outcome of an investigation that could lead to a total ban if found guilty, and the biggest hurdle to winning the trophy is unlikely to have changed.