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Klopp’s transfer jibe bothers Guardiola

Ahead of their meeting in the Community Shield, the traditional curtain raiser to the Premier League season, tensions between Liverpool and Manchester City have already been ratcheted-up before the two sides meet on the pitch at Wembley.

That is after Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola revealed that remarks made by Jurgen Klopp about his club’s transfer policy have got to him.

Klopp said, when explaining Liverpool’s lack of activity in the transfer market this summer, that the club does not live in “fantasia land” and cannot buy who they liked, unlike some clubs. He then went on to reference City as well as Real Madrid, Barcelona and PSG.

The Spaniard has bridle at the insinuation that his club have spent their way to success, arguing that some of their big spending in the past was necessary because he had to renew an ageing squad.

City have smashed their transfer record this summer to sign Rodri from Atlético Madrid for £62.8 million, and have also paid PSV Eindhoven £5.3 million for defender Angelino. Liverpool, by contrast, have paid only £1.7 million thus far for Sepp van der Bergen from PEC Zwolle.

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