Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has reacted spikily to the suggestion that Spurs should look to replicate the Reds in a bid to win trophies in the coming years.
Having been beaten by the Reds in the Champions League final, Pochettino was asked this week whether his side could replicate the Reds in terms of being successful without spending huge amounts of money.
According to the Evening Standard, the Spurs boss said: “It’s not fair to compare and say Liverpool is going to be an inspiration for us. No! It’s the opposite.
“Tottenham is an inspiration for the rest of teams in Premier League or in England because with less in everything you can fight.”
It’s not the first time that he’s been critical of the Reds’ spending either – he said similar in the build-up to the Champions League final.
The quotes would have made sense last summer when Spurs spent nothing and the Reds splashed out on the likes of Alisson, but this summer, the tables have turned.
The Reds have only spent £4.3 million on Sepp van den Berg, while Harvey Elliott has also come in on a free (though the Reds will pay compensation for the 16-year-old).
Spurs, meanwhile, have spent upwards of £62 million on Tanguy N’Dombele and could be set to follow that up with moves for Paulo Dybala and Giovani Lo Celso if reports are to be believed.
Tottenham are in a similar boat to the Reds in that they have much less financial power than Manchester City but are still able to compete at the top. It might be time for Pochettino to just accept that.