“The market has changed” .. Klopp defends the deal with Nunez

Klopp, who is currently with the Reds in Singapore on a pre-season tour starting Friday with a friendly against Crystal Palace, was asked by reporters about an earlier comment in 2018 when he said he didn’t want to spend $118 million on a player.

Fans previously mocked the German coach after his club struck a deal with Benfica to buy Nunez for a whopping $100.4 million in bonuses.

Klopp, however, scoffed at the question, saying the transfer market had changed since he made those comments.

“If you want to sign an exciting striker like Darwin, this is the market and you have to pay the price,” Klopp said.

“I’ve said a lot of things in my life that caught my eye later on and showed me how quickly life can change,” he added.

Nunez has been criticized on social media for his lackluster performance in his first game for Liverpool after missing an easy goal on Tuesday in his team’s 4-0 defeat to Manchester United in Bangkok.

Klopp found the criticism of his new player unjustified and expressed his support for the Uruguayan to perform well for number two in England and Europe.

“The only important thing is how I judge the situation and I could not be more calm or fully convinced of its potential,” added the German coach.

Klopp downplayed the importance of the big loss to arch-rival United, insisting that “his focus was not on results, but on preparing his players for the start of the new season.”

And he added: “Do I like losing 4-0 to Man United? Not at all, but we cannot judge the pre-season based on good performance in matches.”

The German thought the pre-games his team plays were important, “but the most important games are in two weeks, and then we have to be ready.”