Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp concedes Newcastle United are the new footballing ‘superpower’
Apart from the fact that two of the so-called ‘Big Six’ – Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur – are like 90% of the men in the world in that they only THINK they are big, there is a new top dog in town, and its name is Newcastle United.
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The Magpies scored the biggest sugar daddy of all time when they were taken over by a Saudi Arabian-led consortium in a £305m (S$565m) deal that had the rest of the EPL clubs casting envious glances towards their direction.
After all, the net worth of Newcastle’s new owners is estimated to be around £320 billion – an amount that, when put side-by-side with the net worth of Manchester City’s owners, is as stark as the height difference between the Big Friendly Giant and Tyrion Lannister.
While other billionaires with too much money on their hands are wasting money on ridiculous pursuits like sending a 90-year-old actor into space, there is no doubt in anyone’s mind that Newcastle’s new owners will be splashing their obscene amounts of cash to strengthen the Tyneside outfit.
And Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp concedes that with this newfound financial freedom, Newcastle will be transformed into the next footballing ‘superpower’.
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Reflecting on Newcastle’s takeover, Klopp said: “What will it mean for football? A few months ago, we had a massive issue in the football world with 12 clubs trying to build a Super League.
“It didn't happen but this is kind of creating a 'super team' if you want. It is pretty much the same. Guaranteed spot in the Champions League. In a few years' time, not immediately. With how financial fair play is used nowadays where nobody knows exactly whether it is still existing or not.
“Newcastle fans will love it of course but of course for us, it just means there is a new superpower in Newcastle. I can't avoid that.
“Money cannot buy everything but over time they have enough money to make a few wrong decisions to then make the right decisions and then they will be where they want to be.”
Klopp, however, did express his concerns over Newcastle’s owners alleged human rights violations, which, if true, will undoubtedly cause Steve Bruce endless nights of anxiety the moment he loses more than three matches in a row.
“I was waiting for an official statement from (EPL Chief Executive) Richard Masters or somebody else,” Klopp said. “We all know there are obviously concerns about human rights issues. I think it is all clear that we think the same there.”