Jurgen Klopp admits he is ‘a little bit happy’ to see Chelsea’s struggles after the Blues’ £600m transfer splurge, and claims Todd Boehly and Co made life ‘almost IMPOSSIBLE’ for any coach with scattergun transfer policy
- Chelsea are languishing in the bottom half despite a significant transfer spend
- Jurgen Klopp believes Chelsea’s approach gave their coaches an impossible job
- The Liverpool boss insists their summer rebuild will follow a different approach
Jurgen Klopp admits he is ‘a little bit happy’ to have seen Chelsea’s struggles this season, with the Liverpool manager insisting the Blues approach to the transfer market is not an example to follow.
Chelsea are currently languishing in 12th in the Premier League despite spending well over £600million on new recruits over the course of the 2022-23 season.
The Blues brought in eight new faces during the January transfer window, such as the British record £105m move for Enzo Fernandez and the £88m signing of Ukrainian winger Mykhailo Mudryk.
Despite the transfer spend Chelsea have experienced problems on the pitch, leading to Graham Potter being sacked by the Blues at the start of April and Frank Lampard being installed as the club’s interim manager.
Potter’s short reign, having taken over from Thomas Tuchel in September, was reportedly hindered by the Blues’ bloated squad size.
Jurgen Klopp admits to being ‘a little bit happy’ to have seen Chelsea’s struggles this season
Chelsea have endured a torrid campaign despite spending over £600m on new players
Klopp believes Chelsea’s approach created an impossible job for former coach Graham Potter
Players were reportedly forced to train on separate pitches, with additional space required to allow the squad to get changed.
Klopp believes the Blues struggles were ‘good to see’, as he suggested Chelsea’s ownership had given their coaches an ‘impossible job to do.
The Liverpool manager highlighted Chelsea’s struggles in an interview with Sky Sports as evidence that squad’s need to be carefully built, ahead of the Reds own rebuild this summer.
‘I feel a little bit for Chelsea to be honest, because it’s not going well, I think they’re a top, top team, but on the other side it’s good to see that you cannot just bring top players together and think it works out,’ Klopp said.
‘You have to build a team and that’s what the guys there underestimated and gave their coaches a nearly impossible job to do.
‘You cannot have two dressing rooms, you cannot train on two pitches, you have to create relationships, you have to create team spirit, and that’s the only reason why I’m a little bit happy about it.
‘Chelsea will be fine in the end and they will be incredibly strong next year, but I’m using them just as an example. At the highest level, no, we cannot do it like that. And that’s what we will not do.
‘You have to bring in the right players and build a new team. This team wrote a sensational story and now we start a new one, that’s it.’
Klopp used Chelsea as an example as he vowed Liverpool’s rebuild will differ this summer
Klopp had previously commented on Chelsea’s spend in January, with the German responding to their outlay by saying he believed in ‘coaching, developing and team building’.
Liverpool are expected to spend when the transfer window opens in the summer, with Klopp having had a ‘positive’ meeting with principle owner John W Henry on Tuesday in London.
Klopp has insisted Liverpool’s rebuild is not going to be as big as some people perceive.
The Reds are seeking to end a below-par season on a high and face Tottenham on Sunday in a match which could prove key to determining European qualification next season.
A Liverpool victory at Anfield would take Klopp’s side above fifth placed Tottenham into a Europa League spot.
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