Former club owner claims ‘Liverpool are a natural iconic club, while Chelsea are manufactured’

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp recently took a dig at Chelsea, claiming that the Blues is a club owned by an oligarch.

Klopp had said that his side didn’t buy the success of the previous two seasons, but that it was built. To which Frank Lampard in his response listed out the big money moves they made, including record breaking deals for Alisson and Virgil van Dijk.

Former Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordan, has joined in the discussion and claimed that Liverpool are natural, organically iconic club and that Chelsea are not, insisting that the Blues are manufactured.

“Liverpool are a natural, organically iconic football club and, with respect to Chelsea, they are not. They’re a manufactured club on the demands of one man’s incredible wealth,” former Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordan told talkSPORT.

“The notion that Liverpool have somehow spent big, that’s a little bit silly really, because Liverpool sold £150million Coutinho which funded Virgil van Dijk’s move.

“So, if you’re going to draw a parallel with the £75m they spent on Van Dijk, Frank, do it between the £75m Liverpool spent and the £75m you spent on your goalkeeper – see if that works!

“If Liverpool have sold £200m worth of players, say, Suarez and Coutinho, over the last five years and have spent £350m in that time, then they’ve spent a net of £30m a year.

“That’s not bad for a club that’s just destroyed the Premier League last season before the lockdown!”

Jordan may have forgotten that Chelsea sold Eden Hazard last summer in a deal that could rise up to £130m. Alvaro Morata was also sold by the club, while the Blues didn’t make any signing in two transfer windows. A number of players are also expected to be sold this summer as well, with Mario Pasalic having also been sold.

This is not the first time, Jordan has taken a dig at Chelsea. Last year, he blasted the club for being too arrogant in their pursuit of Chelsea manager Frank Lampard.

Speaking to talkSPORT, Jordan said: “The way the big six clubs in the Premier League operate is arrogant.

“They will do things when they want, how they want and where they want.

“They [Chelsea] know they can get Frank Lampard. They know they can get Frank Lampard to run through the door to go and manage their club.”

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