Rafa Benitez has insisted Liverpool will not sign players who demand too much money - and has questioned Florent Malouda's decision to go Chelsea.
And, with Malouda having decided to move to Stamford Bridge after being close to a move to Liverpool, Benitez has suggested he is unhappy with the France winger's motives.
"We try to sign players we believe are good enough for us," he told The Times.
"Now in modern football it depends on the money. Some players prefer more money and it's something you can't control.
"You must only pay the money you can afford and the right money for each player.
"We can compete with other teams in the market if we want, but we will only pay the right money for the right players.
"Malouda was one of our names, but he decided to go to Chelsea. He knows why.
"The lifestyle in London? I don't think so. I don't want to say why, but he knows the answer."