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‘I have to stand up for my club’ – Eddie Howe slams Jurgen Klopp’s ‘inaccurate’ comments about Newcastle

EDDIE HOWE slammed Jurgen Klopp’s “inaccurate” comments on Newcastle’s Saudi-funded spending. 

The Liverpool boss claimed the Magpies, Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain – all backed by Gulf states – can “do whatever they want financially”.

Howe has defended Newcastle after the Suadi-backed club came under fire from Liverpool boss Klopp
Klopp said Newcastle don’t have a ceiling like ‘other clubs have’, when it comes to spending

The German sarcastically congratulated Newcastle after sporting director Dan Ashowrth said they had no ceiling – insisting “other clubs have”. 

Toon have spent around £210million on new players since the Saudis bought an 80 per cent stake in the Tynesiders last October. 

But Howe hit back at Klopp, warning him to “be careful” with his opinions. 

He responded: “One or two comments were not totally accurate and that’s when I have to stand up for my football club. 

“What Dan meant was that there’s no ceiling to our long-term ambition. 

“We have huge plans and want to go to places with huge ambitions but the reality of what we are working towards and working with, there is a ceiling because of Financial Fair Play. 

“Everyone has to be careful with their comments and opinions.

“We’re still in a training ground that’s been renovated. 

“We’re not living that life that is being discussed – we are living a very different reality. 

“Our wage bill is very controlled. 

“We’re trying to do things in a very stable and controlled way. 

“Although we have spent money on players, it has not been extravagant or out of sync with the rest of the Premier League

“We could have gone in a totally different way – we haven’t splashed the money some people thought we would have done.” 

The Newcastle and Liverpool benches clashed during the Merseysiders’ 2-1 win at Anfield in August. 

Both clubs were fined after a Reds coach was pictured sticking a V-sign at Toon’s dugout, while a Newcastle counterpart appeared to throw an object at the Liverpool bench. 

But Howe is not bothered if the Mags are getting under the skin of rivals. 

He added: “We don’t want to be looked at as soft touches or we’re just turning up to entertain. 

“To do that, you can’t look at teams and overly respect them too much. 

“We will just do our thing. We are not too worried about what other people think about us.”

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