Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola say same thing in FIFA request after Saudi transfer raid on Liverpool

Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola say same thing in FIFA request after Saudi transfer raid on Liverpool

Jürgen Klopp, the Liverpool manager, has expressed his worries about the considerable investments made by Saudi Arabia in football. 

This concern arises from the recent transfers of Jordan Henderson and Fabinho from Liverpool to the Saudi Pro League, which have caught attention due to the highly lucrative contract offers involved. 

Saudi Arabian clubs have been on a spending spree, enticing several high-profile European players with substantial financial incentives.

Liverpool itself has experienced the departure of Henderson and Fabinho to the Middle East, with reports indicating that Henderson is now earning an astonishing $891,000 (£700,000/€812,000) per week at Al-Ettifaq, as reported by the Mirror.

Jürgen Klopp has expressed a major concern regarding the disparity in transfer window deadlines between Europe and Saudi Arabia. While European clubs are required to complete their transfer business by September 1, Saudi clubs have an extended window until September 20 to finalize their deals.

This discrepancy poses a significant challenge for European clubs, as they face the risk of losing players without sufficient time to find suitable replacements. 

Klopp has called upon football governing bodies UEFA and FIFA to address this issue and come up with solutions that prevent European clubs from being put at a disadvantage.

Klopp emphasized the urgency of this matter, stating that the three-week longer transfer window in Saudi Arabia is currently a massive problem that needs to be addressed promptly.

“If I am right, I heard something like that, then at least in Europe that’s not helpful. UEFA or FIFA must find solutions for that. But in the end, at this moment, I don’t know exactly what will happen.

“It is already influential, for us, for sure. We will have to learn to deal with it, and that’s what we do. That’s pretty much all I can say about it, time will show.”

Liverpool and other European teams are already experiencing the effects of Saudi Arabia’s significant spending activities. Klopp shares similar concerns with Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola, who recently cautioned clubs about the shifting dynamics in the market as a result of investments from Saudi Arabia.

“A few months ago when Cristiano [Ronaldo] was the only one to go, no one thought this many top, top players would play in the Saudi league,” Guardiola said. “In the future there will be more and that’s why clubs need to be aware of what is happening.

“Saudi is not about being a threat, it is a reality. They want to create a strong league and so far they are the league who can do it. The Premier League spent more than the others because the organisation is better and the broadcast rights are higher.

“The Saudi league, I don’t know how long they will sustain that. But the players want to take this experience and play in that league. Saudi Arabia has changed the market.”

Richard Masters, the chief executive of the Premier League, has minimized worries regarding the surge of Saudi football.

 He acknowledged that there is a new development, but he is not overly anxious about it at this time. 

Masters also highlighted that the Premier League has invested decades in building its current reputation, competitiveness, and sources of revenue.

Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola say same thing in FIFA request after Saudi transfer raid on Liverpool

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