Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has said Chelsea will not be able to maintain the level of spending since the arrival of owner Todd Boyle.
Chelsea completed their fifth signing of the winter transfer window on Saturday when they beat Arsenal to the signing of Mykhailo Modric – a deal ESPN sources said was worth around €100m.
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West London club also welcomed Joao Felix From Atletico Madrid on loan, Benoit Badiaschelli from Monaco, Andre Santos from Vasco da Gama and Davide Datro Fofana from Molde.
On Saturday, Chelsea travel to Liverpool, who have only signed one player this window – Cody Gacbo from PSV Eindhoven – and when asked about the difference in spending in Friday’s press conference, Klopp said: “I can’t see the investment stopping in the future, and that means it has to be We have to do that too.
“I believe in training, development and team building 100%. But meanwhile the managers there, they are all good and believe in that too.
“So if they start spending and then if we don’t, you have a problem. I’m not sure Chelsea can do that in the next 10 years.”
Chelsea manager Graham Potter said Modric could be willing to make his debut on Saturday, although he said he did not expect any more arrivals in this period.
“I don’t think there will be many [more signings] To be frank. Potter said: “I have no complaints about the team. January is very complicated. You might want A’s, B’s and C’s but they’re not available in terms of topical need.
“You’re always looking to strengthen your squad and we’ve done that. When players come back we have an exciting squad of players. You have to analyze the team and analyze where it is.
“Sometimes you add players and sometimes they take them out. This is on a case-by-case basis and we’ll look at it as and when.”
Saturday’s Premier League game will be Klopp’s 1,000th game for Liverpool since arriving at Anfield in 2015.
Liverpool, who won the Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup under Klopp’s leadership, were expected to be Manchester City’s main challenger for the title again this season, but they have suffered a disappointing period so far.
Their dismal display in last weekend’s 3-0 loss to Brighton saw Liverpool lose back-to-back league games for the second time this season and suffer six defeats in total, three times more than in the whole of the 2021-22 season.
However, Klopp has not given up this season so far.
“Most of the time it’s been heading in the right direction for me and what you learn from that is you solve football problems with football solutions and there’s always a way out,” he said.
“For me, it’s the best job in the world. Not a relaxing job or a long vacation.”
Information from Reuters contributed to this report.