Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has aimed a dig at Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp over the Reds’ purchase of Virgil Van Dijk for a whopping £75 million.
Liverpool confirmed the signing of Virgil Van Dijk from Southampton earlier this week for a reported fee of around £75 million and the transfer makes the big Dutchman the most expensive defender of all time.
In response to this deal, Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho reminded people about Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp’s comments last season over the Red Devils’ similarly big-money purchase of Paul Pogba from Juventus for £89million.
Klopp was critical about United’s decision to pay the ridiculous fee for Pogba at the time saying that he would have done things differently to Mourinho but only a year on; the German has decided to make Van Dijk the most expensive defender in the world by quite a margin.
Explaining this hypocrisy from Klopp’s side, Mourinho told reporters, “You know, I think the one that speaks about it in a specific way has to be Jurgen, and if I was one of you I would ask him about his comments about one year ago.
“Not speaking specifically about that case because in Liverpool, they do what they want to do and I am nobody to comment on what they do, but the reality is that if they think that the player is the right player for them, and they really want the player they pay his amount or they don’t have the player because that is the way the market is.”
“I am not saying with 10 years ago but three years ago, to compare is impossible. You cannot compare the realities. Virgil van Dijk is the most expensive defender in history of football, was he better than Maldini, Bergomi or Ferdinand? You cannot say that.
“It is just the way the market is and you pay or you don’t pay. If you pay, obviously you pay a crazy amount of money, but if you don’t you don’t have the player. Is as simple as that, so no critics at all about what Liverpool did, is just the way it is.”