Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola targets another Liverpool jibe

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola targets another Liverpool jibe

‘Who spent more money in the 1970s or 80s… or with Ferguson?’ club for money

  • Pep Guardiola wondered why City spending was judged differently
  • Guardiola admitted the club would not be able to change the way they are perceived
  • The City boss stepped up his mind games with Liverpool last week
  • He claimed everyone in the country wants Jurgen Klopp’s men to win the title

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has taken aim at another dig at Liverpool by explaining how his club’s spending and their sponsorship deals are handled differently to the Anfield club and Manchester United.

Guardiola stepped up the wits during the Premier League run-in when he claimed everyone in the country wanted Liverpool to win the title.

The prickly Spaniard also made a joke of Liverpool’s Premier League record when he said: “They have an incredible history behind them in European competitions.” Not in the Premier League, as they have won one in 30 years.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has aimed for another dig at Liverpool in the title race

Jurgen Klopp laughed off Guardiola’s claim that everyone wanted Liverpool to win the title

Now Guardiola is targeting his club’s treatment over their transfer fee and lucrative sponsorship deals.


Manchester City

Jack Grealish – £100m

Manchester United

Paul Pogba – £89.3m


Virgil van Dijk – £76.2million

City announced on Tuesday that they have reached an agreement in principle to sign Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland for an initial fee of £51m – although the potential fee is expected to be significantly higher.

It is the latest high profile transfer since City, who broke the transfer record by signing Jack Grealish for £100m last summer, were taken over by the Abu Dhabi United Group in 2008.

Listen, Liverpool in the 1970s or 80s, or United with Sir Alex Ferguson – who spent the most money? Guardiola told Sky Sports.

“Who spent the most money? Was it Norwich? Norwich spent more money during this period?

“Or what other teams… Leicester? Leicester spent more money than them? No. They spent more money than others. But the money they receive is completely different from what it is now.

The club’s relationships with companies based in Dubai, the homeland of their owners, have also come under scrutiny.

City’s deal with Etihad airline is thought to be worth £67.5million a year and leaked emails revealed owner Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed al-Nahyan of the Abu Dhabi ruling family was mainly funding it , which led to the club being banned from the Champions League before the sanction was overturned.

City’s sponsorship deal with Etihad has come under scrutiny and investigation

Liverpool have an £80m-a-year contract with Standard Chartered, while United last March signed a five-year £235m deal with TeamViewer.


Manchester City

Etihad Airlines – £67.5m per year

Manchester United

TeamViewer – £235m over five years


Standard Chartered – £80m per year

Said I wouldn’t change that [perception]’, added Guardiola.

‘When we put here [on the front of our shirts] Etihad, people say, ‘Oh, that’s overpaid’. But now United and Liverpool are going to be paid maybe more than us, because maybe deserved because they work well, because the CEO negotiated well, no matter what.

“They have more and because it’s from the United States of America or some other country – or the owners are – so now it’s perfect.”

‘So that’s why it’s not going to change, for a long time it’s not going to change, that’s the reality. The only way to change is to do well on the pitch.

City top the Premier League table ahead of Liverpool on goal difference and can extend their lead to three points if they beat Wolves at Molineux on Wednesday.


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