But they have suffered a disappointing start to this season, already 13 points behind City and 14 behind leaders Arsenal. Injury issues have plagued Liverpool early in the season, but the Reds were also outspent by the likes of City and Newcastle United, who are able to draw upon huge budgets due to backing from the Middle East.
Of course, there are financial controls in place to prevent overspending, but once teams figure out a way to efficiently maximise profit, those controls can quickly become a box-ticking exercise, with the Premier League restrictions more relaxed than those exercised by La Liga and other competitions. Now, Liverpool are also well-backed, owned by Fenway Sports Group, who are worth around £8.9billion.
In fact, Liverpool spent a record figure on striker Darwin Nunez in the summer, with the deal likely to rise to around £87million. But the Reds are not able to keep up with City, or indeed Newcastle, financially.
And that’s something Klopp has been fuming about in pre-match press conference ahead of Liverpool vs City, saying: “What does Liverpool do? We cannot act like them. It is not possible. Not possible.
“It is just clear and again you know the answer. There are three clubs in world football who can do what they want financially. It’s legal and everything, fine, but they can do what they want. They will say ‘yeah but we have...’ but it’s exactly the fact
“I heard now that at Newcastle somebody (sporting director Dan Ashworth) said ‘there is no ceiling for this club’. Yes! He is right. He is absolutely right. There is no ceiling for Newcastle. Congratulations, but other clubs have ceilings.”