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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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2Manchester CityMan City23182362174556
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs23170648232551
4Chelsea23145440192147
5Arsenal23135548321644
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7Watford239683232033
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13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2375112532-726
14Crystal Palace2364132332-922
15Southampton2357112540-1522
16Burnley2364132343-2022
17Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2356121931-1221
18Cardiff CityCardiff2354141944-2519
19Fulham2335152151-3014
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2325161340-2711

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