Following Manchester United's acquisition of Paul Pogba in the summer of 2016 for £89 million, Jurgen Klopp said he would quit football if such fees became the norm.
Two years on, the Liverpool manager has just spent a world record fee for a goalkeeper - £66.8 million for Alisson from Roma.
Speaking to the Liverpool Echo ahead of his side's pre-season friendly against Borussia Dortmund in the US, Klopp dismissed allegations fo hypocrisy.
"That's the problem these days, hey? Whatever bullshit you say, nobody will forget it," said Klopp.
On the other side, it's still kind of true. I couldn't have imagined since then that the world would change like it has. Two years ago £100million was a crazy number. Since then the world has changed completely.
In this moment we sign the most expensive keeper, bam, bam, bam, all that stuff, there will be a few nice little transfers (at other clubs) in this window still. We are still pretty early, it will happen a lot.
Klopp said that his number one responsibility is to make Liverpool as successful as possible.
"It's not about pushing through my thoughts or saying 'No, I don't want to buy players, I don't want to pay big money' and then in the end Liverpool FC is not successful.
"We have a really good team, a really good squad and to improve it is expensive. To find better players than we already have, they aren't waiting around the corner.
"You need to respect contracts but if we are interested in a player we still try to contact the club to try to bring the player in. When we are convinced about it then thank God our ownership believes that much in the project that they say 'okay, let's do it'.
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