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Jurgen Klopp slapped down by Eddie Howe in row over spending power of Newcastle’s Saudi owners

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has been slapped down by Eddie Howe in a row over spending power of Newcastle’s Saudi owners.

The Newcastle boss has warned him to “be careful” with his comments and even accused Klopp of being “not totally accurate.”

He adds fuel to it by saying he’ll try never to lose his rag like the Reds boss did during the defeat of Manchester City on Sunday when the Anfield boss was sent off, because there are children watching.

Klopp spoke on Newcastle last week by saying they can “do anything they want” in the transfer window because of their rich Saudi owners.

United Sporting Director Dan Ashworth said last week there was “no ceiling” in the club’s ambition, which led to Klopp saying: “We cannot act like them.

“There are three clubs in world football who can do what they want financially. It’s legal and everything, fine, but they can do what they want. I heard now that at Newcastle somebody [sporting director Dan Ashworth] said ‘there is no ceiling for this club’. Yes! He is right. He is absolutely right. There is no ceiling for Newcastle. Congratulations, but other clubs have ceilings.”

But Howe defended Ashworth and his club, saying: “I’m just aware that one or two comments might not have been totally accurate and that’s when I have to stand up for my football club. Everyone has to be careful with their comments and opinions.

“What Dan meant with his comment was there’s no ceiling to our ambition long-term. We have huge plans and want to go to places with huge ambitions but the reality of what we are working towards and working with, there is a ceiling because of all the things I have sat here and explained every week: Financial Fair Play.

“We’re still in a training ground that’s been renovated…We’re not living that life that is being discussed. We are living a very different reality. Our wage bill is very controlled. We’re trying to do things in a very stable and controlled way. Although we have spent money on players, it has not been extravagant or out of sync with the rest of the Premier League. ”

According to the Mirror, Newcastle’s current turnover is set at £170m while Liverpool’s is £550m, with the Reds making £238m in commercial income, six times more than Newcastle’s earnings.

Liverpool spent around £85m in the summer on Darwin Nunez while Newcastle broke their club record to land Alexander Isak for £58m.

Howe knows his sixth placed Newcastle side are rattling many of the ‘big six’ if you like, after getting a draw at Old Trafford at the weekend. They have only conceded nine goals this season, the meanest defence in the league.

He added: “We want to be competitive. We don’t want to be looked at as soft touches or we’re just turning up to entertain. We want to turn up and win and compete. To do that, you can’t look at teams and overly respect them too much. We will just do our thing. Compete hard and fair. We are not too worried about what other people think about us.

“We’ve done it in a very cool, calm way. Our wage bill has been very controlled. We haven’t splashed the money maybe people thought we would have done initially. Yes, the ambition is huge in the long-term but in the short term we are trying to improve everything we deliver for our players and we are still working towards that. We are a long long way from where we want to be.”

Questioned about managers being sent off, like Klopp was for yelling at officials, Howe said: “I can’t say I will never lose my emotions because you don’t know what the future holds. I certainly try not to.

“I am very aware that I am going to be looked at by millions and millions of people, especially children, and I think you have an expectation to make sure the game is upheld in the right way and with the right spirit. I am certainly aware of my demeanour and behaviour on the touchline.

“That’s not to say I don’t want to win and I don’t want to win with every fibre of my being, because I do, but I’ve always just had that inside me not to lose my discipline.

“Also, my players are looking at me and what are they going to think of me if I’m… I’m not going to be able to help them in that moment if I’m not in control of my emotions. So these are things I’m always aware of and thinking of.

“Celebrating is different. I always tell my players, ‘If you score a goal, you’ve got to celebrate’. They’ve got to enjoy the good moments because you don’t know when the next one’s coming. I’ve got no issue with me celebrating, it’s more going the other way, losing my temper or losing control in a negative and aggressive way, I try not to do that.”

This is what fans said with Jurgen Klopp slapped down by Eddie Howe in a row over the spending power of Newcastle’s Saudi owners…

@LFCDT_Gav: They are currently well within FFP.. That’s true… let’s see where it gets to though.

@JulioGeordio80: Gloves are off 🤣

@DiscoDan18: Well said Eddie Howe. Klopp is a disgrace to football with comments like these. He’s a very sore loser unfortunately.

@Nath_JohnD: Classy manager is Eddie Howe jurgen should take some notes

@GingerPirlo_: FFP forced home by the Liverpools of the world have built ceilings in terms of spend. Everyone should know this. Inc Klippety. It isn’t like it used to be. PSG seem to be the only team under no FFP whatsoever. For now. But our ambitions have no ceiling & why should they? #nufc

@swcullington: Wouldn’t give it a second thought. Klopp just loves throwing toys out & deflecting from how his own side are doing.

@alanzakhour: What a reply from the BOSS 🖤🤍 #NUFC

@TonyDowling: 6 of last Sunday’s starting 11 were in Bruce/Ashley’s squad! #nufc

@Pabsyyyyyy: I’m in love with this man.

@GazCharlton87: Basically Klopp is a bell end.

@Phil00310: We thought Rafa was a good diplomat. This guy is on another level.

@Nasher1985: Love this guy! It’s funny because even though everyone outside we’re hoping newcastle to splash cash and predicted us to throw money at everything, in hope that we would comply so they could criticise us for it. Instead, we’ve done the opposite & it’s pissing people off 🤣

@craiglongmore: Spot on. Love to see a comparison between ours and #lfc wage bill. Klopp is one of the biggest hypocrites in football.

@DavidTulip9: Always speaks well, he’s absolutely bang on, we could’ve went a completely different way and threw everything at it, we bought sensible and we brought in a top manager 👍🏼 #Nufc

@livvneall: Get into them. Love you

@dannygamble123: Love the way Howe talks! Calm and relaxed. Bit like our owners, the target won’t happen over night, we’re not going to win every game at the moment but we are very much building something with longevity. #NUFC

@Darrenboyb: The Gaffa is spot on and he knows what he is doing a have total faith in what he is trying to achieve. We all knew it wouldn’t be an overnight fix but we are moving in the right direction. Let the haters just carry on it’s only jealousy. #NUFC @NUFC

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