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  • David Tyrer

Pochettino compares LFC & Spurs transfer strategies, has a moan

You'd think we'd spent half a billion on a few players, the way some managers go on over the past year or so, and don't even mention 'net-spend'.

Prior the the final of the Champions League, Spurs' manager Mauricio Pochettino was again talking about how much further ahead we are due to superior the superior spending power we have.

All of that, of course, ignores the fact that when Jurgen Klopp took over we were light years behind the level Spurs were at. Yes, we've spent money, but it's mostly been recouped.

The difference is, Klopp was determined to bridge any and all gaps to the top, any way possible, to compete with the best.

Pochettino, for all of his talents and ability, is still a manager that likes to hold onto the excuses, i.e. Spurs reached the final too and underperformed just like we did, but you feel he already had his excuses at hand, just in case they lost.

So it's no surprise to hear him talking again about the differences between the two clubs, but he also brings Man City into the equation.

Speaking to the Midnight Club in Spain, he said: "At Manchester City and Liverpool, Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp are free to decide which players they want and do not want.

"On the other hand, at other teams such as Tottenham, Chelsea or Arsenal it is not in the hands of the manager. Who decides, in our case, is the president."

Ignoring the fact that, as much as Jurgen Klopp has earned the owner's trust with the signings he's chosen and improved, just as many of our current squad were the choose - primarily - of the transfer committee (i.e. Michael Edwards, these days).

What that view also ignores is that the system at both clubs clearly works, with Liverpool and City both dominating English football and, in our case, European football for the past 18 months now.

The idea that a manager of Poch's calibre has little-to-no say over transfers at a (let's be honest now) club that is in the second tier (as in, not an LFC, Barcelona, Man Utd, etc.) is laughable.

Sure, he probably has restraints, but it's just a different system, not a dictatorship in which Pochettino has to make use of the lamps he was given, when he actually wanted a new chair.

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