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Jurgen Klopp won't get in war of words with Jose Mourinho on transfers

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has rejected the opportunity to be drawn into a war of words with Jose Mourinho over spending power.

Klopp had previously questioned the logic of investing a large sum of money on one player just as Manchester United were close to completing the £89.3 million transfer of Paul Pogba.

Those comments prompted Mourinho to hit back and claim that those criticising the move will never be in the position to spend a world-record fee.

However, Klopp refused to provide a response to the United manager and revealed he is more than satisfied with the backing he receives from his owners, Fenway Sports Group, after welcoming seven new faces to Anfield this summer.

"I'm absolutely not interested in what other clubs are doing, there's completely no point," the German, who begins his first full season in charge of the Reds on Sunday away at Arsenal, said. "I'm focused on here. I cannot criticise what they are doing, I don't want to criticise the market.

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"If they spent money for players then they are convinced, I'm sure, about quality, they have the money hopefully, then do it.

"We spent money and not five pounds! Decent money. It's better that we have money and maybe we'll get a little bit more before Aug. 31. It looks healthy. It makes sense that it looks something like healthy. You buy, you sell.

"It's not about going to the owners and saying 'I don't want to do it.' Not because they won't do it. They are really on our side.

"We want to have success, we need to have success and all the others too. You need to find a way for you which could work because nobody knows."

Jurgen Klopp begins his first full season as Liverpool boss on Sunday.

Klopp added: "[Does] the big price on a player's back make you more confident? I don't believe in it. This player can be injured and then maybe you've got a bigger hole. I'm not interested.

"In the transfer window and especially in the summer before the Premier League starts, all everybody talks about is transfers.

"I understand this, it's nice. I read it, I think 'Wow.' If it's about us I know it's bull---- and if it's not I think 'that could be possible, that's really interesting.' It's all about expectation."

Glenn is ESPN FC's Liverpool correspondent. You can follow him on Twitter: @GlennPrice94.


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