Klopp takes cheeky swipe at Chelsea as Potter confirms Mudryk plan that could leave Liverpool season circling the drain

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp

Jurgen Klopp claimed he has “no idea” how Chelsea are managing their books and insisted the Blues “sort problems differently” to his side, while Graham Potter confirmed he’s ready to unleash Mykhaylo Mudryk at Anfield on Saturday.

The Blues have already spent over £400m on new signings since Todd Boehly and his Clearlake partners took control at Stamford Bridge.

Over £160m of that total outlay has been spent this month on the likes of Mudryk, Benoit Badiashile and an expensive loan for Joao Felix.

PSV Eindhoven’s Noni Madueke will be January signing No 6 at some stage this weekend. The 20-year-old ex-Tottenham winger has already landed in London ahead of a medical. Madueke will cost around £30m, per Fabrizio Romano and David Ornstein.

In sharp contrast, Liverpool’s only January arrival is Madueke’s recent teammate, Cody Gakpo.

The Reds are in desperate need of midfield additions, though Klopp has repeatedly stressed the money simply isn’t there. Moves for the likes of Jude Bellingham and Matheus Nunes will therefore have to wait until the summer.

In any case, Liverpool are Chelsea will square off at Anfield on Saturday in a clash that could have huge ramifications on their respective seasons.

Both sides have struggled mightily this term and are already rank outsiders to simply qualify for the Champions League. Defeat on Saturday would not only see those above them extend the gap, but also see the victor – if there is one – steal a march on the loser.

Ahead of the contest, Klopp was quizzed on Chelsea as well as £88.5m signing Mudryk.

On the Ukraine ace, Klopp seemed suitably impressed, though appeared to use the high profile transfer as an opportunity to throw shade at the Blues.

Klopp baffled by Chelsea spending

“A really good player, incredible Champions League campaign,” said Klopp. “Speed, technique, goals. Combines a lot.

“So, having him on one wing and Felix on the other is interesting. Chelsea sort problems differently to us, so let’s see.”

The German later opened up on Chelsea’s lavish expenditure, adding: “Interesting! I can’t explain it, I have no idea. But if the numbers are true then it’s impressive.

“I can’t see investment stopping in the future, so that means we have to do it as well.

“I believe in coaching, developing and team building 100 per cent. But meanwhile the managers out there, they are all good and they believe in that as well.

“So if they start spending then if we don’t spend, you will have a problem. I am not sure Chelsea can do that for the next 10 years though.”

Mudryk will get opportunity to dazzle at Anfield

Potter has a vast array of attacking talent to choose from for the clash, and per his pre-match comments, appears ready to unleash Mudryk on the Reds.

Potter confirmed it’s unlikely Mudryk will start, though he’ll be ready and raring to go if and when called upon from the bench.

Mudryk is a right-footed winger who operates primarily from the left. As such, his main competition for minutes will be Raheem Sterling.

“He’s obviously come from a mid-season break so hasn’t played so much football recently, but has been training well, so we’ll assess him and see how much he can play at the weekend,” Potter said of Mudryk.

“There’s a chance he could make his debut. It’s how much he can do. I think 90 minutes no, but there’s probably a role for him at some stage in the game.

“You’ve just got to help him understand and help everyone understand that he’s coming from a different country, a different league, so he has to adapt.

“He’s a young player who’s got a lot of potential, a lot of upside, but at the same time he’s had some really good experiences already. So he’s an exciting player.”

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