Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists he has no problems with Alex Teixeira’s decision to turn his back on a potential move to Anfield and opt for a transfer to Jiangsu Suning.
The prolific forward has left Shakhtar Donetsk to join the big spending revolution in Chinese football, despite two firm attempts from Liverpool to bring the player to Anfield in the January transfer window.
But after being offered a serious weekly wage – some are reporting his salary will be in the region of £300,000 a week – Klopp has no issue with the player’s choice, and says the Premier League should be wary of China’s wealth.
“First of all we should accept that we can all make our own decisions,” Klopp told a press conference to preview Liverpool’s home game match with Sunderland on Saturday. “People talk about the financial power of England because of the TV contract. Maybe there is another power now? I have known for a few years now about the financial situation in China.
“If you’re 26 and you get an offer like he did, anyone would think about it. I have no problem with this. I don’t think it’s a sign in general.”
Speaking about the salary Teixeira will reportedly receive in China, Klopp added: “There are a few problems less for the next generations of Teixeiras I think but it is good news for the whole (Teixeira) family.”