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Jurgen Klopp defends Liverpool’s £65m fee for Alisson

23 July 2018

The Brazil no.1 joined Liverpool for £67m from Roma in a move which more than doubled the previous record for a goalkeeper.

But speaking at a news conference at Bank of America Stadium on Saturday, the Liverpool manager stressed that these latest moves are done simply with the aim of delivering success.

"That's the problem these days, hey?"

"Whatever bull shit you say, nobody will forget it".

"It's true there were other teams involved like the ones you mention but a big part of my decision was the role of the coach", he said. "£100m [for Pogba] was a insane number, but since then the world changed", Klopp told reporters on Saturday.

Jurgen Klopp defends Liverpool’s £65m fee for Alisson
Jurgen Klopp defends Liverpool’s £65m fee for Alisson

"£100m was a insane number but since then the world changed. Since then the world has changed completely".

"They can show that until the end of the transfer window".

"First and foremost my responsibility is to make this club as successful as possible".

"I'll do whatever it takes to make Liverpool successful", he said.

"It's not the price we wanted to pay, it's the price the market demanded, we aren't thinking about him being the most expensive goalkeeper, that's a story outside the club".

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"Obviously he is a world-class goalkeeper, so we are not going to say "let's have a look", he told reporters.

Following Manchester United's acquisition of Paul Pogba in the summer of 2016 for £89 million, Jurgen Klopp said he would quit football if such fees became the norm.

The German added: "It is only an opinion in that moment". I couldn't have imagined the world could have changed.

Adam Lallana - 6: Got down the right well early and pinged in a nice cross, worked hard in both defence and attack, Lallana knows that there may be one space in the midfield open with the non-arrival of Nabil Fekir and he is doing his best to grab it, also put in a couple of challenges that really stung. "I am fine with that". "We were interested. The player was interested in the project and pretty quick we could do it".

Liverpool continue their pre-season build-up against Borussia Dortmund on Sunday evening in Charlotte, North Carolina, with kick off at 12.05am UAE time.

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Asked about whether Dortmund's Christian Pulisic was a player on his radar, Klopp, who managed the Bundesliga side for seven years, admitted he is a fan of the USA worldwide.

In 2018 alone, Liverpool have finalized/completed the purchase of three players who rank among the top 30 most expensive transfer deals of all time. "When I saw him at Melwood, he looked fit".

"He's a fantastic player and it's deserved that people think highly of him in America - in Germany it's the same".

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Jurgen Klopp defends Liverpool’s £65m fee for Alisson