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Jurgen Klopp insists he ‘doesn’t understand’ Barcelona’s ongoing financial difficulties

‘If you tell me I don’t have any money, then I don’t spend anything more’: Jurgen Klopp insists he ‘doesn’t understand’ Barcelona’s financial situation as the club continue to eye transfers despite not yet registering new signing Jules Kounde

  • Jurgen Klopp said he cannot understand Barcelona’s current financial situation
  • The Liverpool manager insisted he is ‘not a financial expert’ however
  • Barcelona have endured a series of well-publicised issues this summer
  • But the club have managed to register four out of five of their new signings
  • French defender Jules Kounde is the only new arrival not to be registered 

Jurgen Klopp has remarked that he ‘doesn’t understand’ how Barcelona can continue signing new players amidst the financial insecurity at the Catalan club.

Barcelona have endured a series of well-publicised financial difficulties this summer, as club president Joan Laporta attempts to balance the books for the 2022/23 La Liga campaign.

Speaking to Kicker via Bild, Klopp explained that he doesn’t understand the Blaugrana’s financial situation ‘for various reasons’ and said:

Jurgen Klopp spoke about his confusion over Barcelona's ongoing financial issues

Jurgen Klopp spoke about his confusion over Barcelona’s ongoing financial issues

There had been concerns over the club's ability to register their big-name signings

There had been concerns over the club’s ability to register their big-name signings

‘One reason is that I’m not a financial expert. The second: If you tell me I don’t have any money, then I don’t spend anything anymore. My credit card has also been cut up twice, luckily that was a few years ago.’

Amidst the ongoing concern over the club’s future, the Liverpool manager stated that he hopes the issues can be resolved.

‘I’m watching this like a football fan, I don’t understand. I’ve found the club to be outstanding over the last few decades that I’ve been watching football and I hope they pull it off.’ Klopp said.

The 55-year-old coach also drew a parallel between the ongoing situation at Barcelona, and one at his former club, Borussia Dortmund.

Hans-Joachim Watzke is credited with saving Borussia Dortmund from bankruptcy

Hans-Joachim Watzke is credited with saving Borussia Dortmund from bankruptcy

Klopp explained: ‘The only club I know that once sold the stadium and other rights in advance was Borussia Dortmund. Aki Watzke had to come at the last second and save the whole thing. And I don’t know if there is an Aki Watzke in Barcelona.’ 

In 2005 Dortmund were on the brink of bankruptcy when longtime BVB fan Hans-Joachim ‘Aki’ Watzke was appointed CEO of the club. 

Through a series of restructures, including selling off the naming rights to the stadium and prioritising paying off the club’s massive debts, Watzke rescued Dortmund from insolvency.

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