The Liverpool fans in the Transfer Tavern have been reacting to figures that show their club’s net spend since 2014, and it’s a positive sight for our resident Reds. The club has spent a total of just £18 million in four years, despite recently forking out big money for the transfers of Virgil Van Dijk, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Mohamed Salah this season.
Only Swansea and Southampton have a lower net spend than Liverpool since 2014
Klopp is working miracles – don’t forget it pic.twitter.com/g9nBHY6XPa
— Empire of the Kop (@empireofthekop) 1 May 2018
Jurgen Klopp has been at the helm at Liverpool since October 2015 and has been responsible for a number of big signings in his time at Anfield. However, the eccentric German has done a superb job in balancing the books for the Merseysiders. Despite the spending power that Liverpool have, Klopp has found cost-effective ways of improving the squad with the sale of Philippe Coutinho going a long way to help the club’s finances.
Being a manager of top European club in the current footballing climate is very expensive. Modern managers have to deal with sums of money that are unimaginable to the everyday football fan, adding another dynamic to an already stressful job. That’s where Klopp is underestimated by many, his ability to keep the club out of enormous debt whilst continually improving has seen his side become more about the collective than any individual, despite Mo Salah’s recent brilliance. Klopp’s work is paying off on the field too, as the Kopites are now just two wins away from their sixth Champions League/European Cup title.
Taking that into account, here’s our resident Reds’ verdict on their club’s net spend:
I’ve said we’ve been overachieving for 2 years.. our squad as a whole is 6th best.. what a manager
— webuyURhouseUK (@webuyURhouseUK) May 1, 2018
Don't forget Balotelli, Lambert, Benteke, Aspas, Luis Alberto, Borini and all the dead wood we'd paid money for.
— Mohamed Ali (@mohamad_elqady) May 1, 2018
Just think what we would be achieving if we had spent an extra 300 million or so. World class Keeper, another world class centre back and a world class midfielder. The team would be scary
— Chris Simpson (@christwittwoo) May 1, 2018
Others are just buying titles… We're gonna be earning them…
— Munya Mpambawashe (@empem29) May 1, 2018
Maybe it’s time to actually spend some real money. Imagine how much more Klopp could do with some extra quality in the panel. We could rotate without dropping silly points.
— ROS123 (@ROS123) May 1, 2018
I think the Coutinho sale skews this data. Take out his money and that's more realistic on what we spent. Likewise the VVD fee. Net spend tells you more on how well a club is run. Nothing else
— Tahir (@TAkbar) May 1, 2018
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Largely due to Suarez+Torres+coutinho sale.
— Sanekanemane (@sanekanemane) May 1, 2018