The news of an agreement for defender Virgil Van Dijk to join Liverpool from Southampton for a world record fee (for a defender) of ₤75 million broke earlier this week.
The news has drawn a lot of reactions from pundits and managers in the Premier League and Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has given his own view on this piece of transfer business by rivals Liverpool.
The Portuguese tactician has reminded the press of comments made by Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp in 2016 when United signed Paul Pogba for a then world record fee of ₤89 million.
It will be recalled that the Liverpool boss in an interview last year suggested that he would quit the game if astronomical fees became the norm and not the exception and team building is more important to him than splashing the cash.
Speaking in a press conference ahead of Manchester United last game of 2017 against Southampton at Old Trafford, Mourinho said;
“If I was one of you I would ask him (Jurgen Klopp) about his comments about one year ago. Not speaking specifically about this case because in Liverpool they do what they do, but the reality is if they think the player is the right player for them, and they want the player, they pay this amount or they don’t have the player.”
The United manager went to explain that the transfer market has evolved over the past years and he is not critical of Liverpool decision to spend.
Mourinho has always been a controversial figure in football and doesn’t shy away from confrontations.
Mourinho, however, will be looking for his team to bounce back on Saturday when they host Southampton as they have dropped 4 points in their last 2 matches.