Jurgen Klopp has criticized Manchester City and two other clubs for their attitudes towards Financial Fair Play.
The issue of FFP raised its head again this week after Everton and Nottingham Forest were referred to an independent commission over alleged breaches of the Premier League’s profitability and sustainability regulations (PSR).
The Premier League’s PSR rules dictate that clubs are allowed to lose a maximum of £ 105 million or £ 35 million per season over a rolling three-year period. Both clubs are accused of breaching that limit.
Meanwhile, Premier League chief Richard Masters has confirmed that a date has been set for Manchester City’s hearing into their 115 alleged breaches of financial rules. The treble winners face accusations relating to several areas including failing to provide correct financial information and co-operating with an investigation.
Jurgen Klopp: “There are 𝗧𝗛𝗥𝗘𝗘 clubs in football that can do whatever they want!”
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Many Premier League clubs will have grievances about the alleged rule-breaking of the trio, particularly Liverpool. Jurgen Klopp’s side narrowly lost out to City in the title races of 2018/19 and 2021/22, and could argue that City had an unfair advantage if found guilty of the charges.
In October 2022, Klopp didn’t hold back when asked about clubs allegedly flaunting financial rules during a press conference.
“There are three clubs in world football who can do what they want – financially,” the Liverpool boss said.
“It’s illegal and everything, fine, but they can do what they want. And they will say ‘yeah but…’, it’s exactly the fact.
“We [Liverpool] have to look at here, there, here we need a prospect, here we need a talent, and that’s what you have to do. You compete with them, and that’s not a problem at all for me. It’s not possible to deal with that, and it will be like this.
“I heard the Newcastle coach said ‘there’s no ceiling for this club’ and he’s right, he’s absolutely right, there’s no ceiling for Newcastle. Congratulations. Some other clubs have ceilings.”
The severity and scale of City’s case – plus a new Premier League commitment to deal with financial rule matters in-season – means Everton and Forest will likely found out their fate far sooner than City. All three clubs could face points deductions.