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Jürgen Klopp blames Saudi Arabia when asked if he was a hypocrite over Moises Caicedo deal

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Jurgen Klopp has addressed previous comments about spending £100m on a player after Liverpool confirmed they had agreed a British record fee for Moises Caicedo at Brighton.

The 21-year-old was Chelsea’s top target in the transfer window, but each of his bids were rejected by Brighton, who want the highest possible fee for one of their first-choice players.

The Ecuadorian is now able to travel to Merseyside for a medical and could become Liverpool’s third signing this summer and Brighton’s second addition following the previous £35m acquisition of Alexis Mac Allister.

In 2016, Klopp said “the day it became football, I was no longer in a job” after Manchester United paid £89m to re-sign Paul Pogba.

He also added that he “would do it differently if I could spend that money.”

Klopp’s words have resurfaced several times, including last summer when Liverpool paid big bucks for Darwin Nunez.

It also made Virgil van Dijk and Alisson Becker the most expensive players in their positions at various stages.

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Photo: Getty

Asked about Pogba’s comments, Klopp said in a press conference: “Then we bought a centre-half for a good fee (£75m for Virgil van Dijk), we bought a goalkeeper for a good fee (Alison Becker for £65m) we always put Himself, we’re trying to sort it out somehow (with sales), the things that we’re investing in the boys and in the players that we’re selling, it’s kind of not out of any kind of range and that’s worked so far, but I know I heard it right away.

“I forgot I said this but everyone reminded me and then I thought, ‘Oh, well, yeah…’. I’ve said worse things in my life, to be honest, but this is one of them.”

Klopp has been called out for double standards but has no problem putting up bids and stressed that the market has changed, particularly with Saudi Arabia dominating football.

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Photo: Getty

He continued, “Everything has changed. Do I like it? No. Did you realize I was wrong? Yes. That’s how it goes. Saudi Arabia is not going to help with that. In the end, we have to try and make sure we get the best possible team together.”

“50 percent are going to like it and 50 percent won’t. We’re trying to get our best team together. We can’t just point at players and bring them in, there’s a lot of work to do. Sometimes one door closes another opens. If people want to throw in my five quotes years, no problem. I realize I was wrong.”

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