The Football Transfer Tavern erupted when these numbers came out…
Much has been made in recent years over Liverpool’s inability to hold on to their key players.
The club have become experts at buying undeveloped players at low prices, only to turn them into Premier League giants down the road.
Luis Suarez remains the most significant example, brought in and then sold for his original price several times over; and he now finds himself as the most feared number 9 in world football.
Other examples include players like Fernando Torres and Raheem Sterling just to name a few.
Now of course, for every Suarez or Sterling there are more than a few Stewart Downings – but as a general rule of thumb; Liverpool have proved efficient in this process.
However, one particularly critical fan in the Football Transfer Tavern has a different interpretation of this. He doesn’t think it’s a good thing; in fact – quite the opposite. He thinks that Liverpool’s inability to hold onto these players when they reach a certain level is to their detriment – and is the reason why the club haven’t been able to challenge for the title in recent years.
You can certainly see his point of view. Selling top players for a profit works in the short term – but in the long term it certainly becomes a bad thing. When you cannot hold on to any of your top players you cannot progress; and that is certainly the case with Liverpool.
New evidence, provided by CIES Football Observatory, proves exactly that – and seems to indicate a pattern in Liverpool’s inability to keep top talent.
According to CIES Football Observatory, Liverpool have made the most income from player sales from any club in the top 5 leagues since 2010.
The number quoted by CIES is £442 million, which our landlord thinks is a ridiculous number!
The point becomes more visible when you consider Liverpool’s Premier League rivals. For example, Man Utd sit in 29th place, with just £182 million from player income.
A top club does not need to sell their top players – and this information proves that Liverpool are no longer a top club.
They are a selling club.
Liverpool fans – do you disagree?
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