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Pep Guardiola "not judging" Liverpool's transfer spending

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says that he is 'not judging' Liverpool's transfer spending ahead of their pre-season friendly.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has insisted that he does not judge Liverpool's transfer spending ahead of their pre-season friendly on Thursday.

Jurgen Klopp has made four additions to his side this summer – Naby Keita, Fabinho, Xherdan Shaqiri and Alisson Becker – for a total reported to be around £164m.

However, Guardiola refused to criticise Klopp's spending, saying it is natural that others will want to bolster their squads after City won the 2017-18 Premier League season with a record-breaking 100-point campaign.

"Every club does what they believe. I understand the money completely," said Guardiola in a pre-match press conference.

"Liverpool believe they need these players and spend this money so I'm not judging what they're doing. If they decide that then it's perfect for them. I don't like when my colleagues talk about me.

"We increased the level of the Premier League and that means the other ones want to do better and better. Always Liverpool is a contender with the history they have. We'll see on the pitch."

Guardiola has brought in two new players this summer, with defender Philippe Sandler and winger Riyad Mahrez arriving for £2m and £61m respectively.


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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City1210203653132
2Liverpool129302351830
3Chelsea128402781928
4Tottenham HotspurSpurs1290320101027
5Arsenal1273226151124
6Bournemouth126242116520
7Watford126241714320
8Manchester UnitedMan Utd126242021-120
9Everton125431915419
10Leicester CityLeicester125251716117
11Wolverhampton WanderersWolves124441213-116
12Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton124261318-514
13West Ham UnitedWest Ham123361418-412
14Newcastle UnitedNewcastle12237915-69
15Burnley122371225-139
16Crystal Palace12228817-98
17Southampton12156821-138
18Cardiff CityCardiff122281125-148
19Huddersfield TownHuddersfield12147622-167
20Fulham121291131-205

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