Manchester City have responded to comments made by Jurgen Klopp earlier in the week, when the German said the Reds cannot compete financially with some of the big-spending clubs around Europe.
Via the Daily Mirror, Klopp said on Monday: “It looks like there are four clubs in the world who can do it [spend money] constantly: Madrid, Barcelona, City and PSG. Whatever they need, they do. You cannot compare that. That is the situation.”
The comments do not appear to be unfair, with that quartet seemingly able to spend significantly more than any other club in the world. Manchester United can probably be added to the list as well.
City, though, felt the need to hit back through chief operating officer Omar Berrada.
He said: “I don’t know why they would make these comments. I don’t know why they would look at other clubs.
“It’s not frustration or anger, we just find it curious that they’d be highlighting our spending. We’re fine with their spending. The reality is that all the top clubs invest as they see fit.
“Saying us, PSG, Real Madrid and Barcelona always invest £200million is not correct.”
Klopp’s comments were hardly scathing and were said in response to a question asked reasonably about the Reds’ spending. He would certainly not have been anticipating a response like that.
As much as Berrada was at pains to say City are not bothered by the claim, coming out and saying that perhaps suggests the opposite is true.
The rivalry between the clubs looks set to continue this season, starting on Sunday with the meeting at Wembley in the Community Shield.