Dave Davis explains why the figures released by the CIES Football Observatory shouldn’t be a concern for Liverpool.
The numbers released by CIES Football Observatory this week were enough to make any Red look back and feel a real twinge of sadness. Liverpool has made more money from player sales since 2010 than ANY other European club according to new figures.
Think of all the big name transfers and income that will have gone into the coffers of Europe’s big hitters and it’s a slightly depressing, though. However, looking at this summer and going forward, the amount the club spends isn’t that great a concern anymore.
Of the €442 million that Liverpool has raised, the great bulk of it has come from the sales of Fernando Torres, Raheem Sterling and Luis Suarez. Whilst the first two are now viewed very differently by some at Anfield, it’s fair to say that their loss was felt keenly by everyone at the time.
Torres had effectively downed tools and has been viewed as a good sale by many due to his poor performance at Chelsea after the £50 million transfer. ‘El Nino’ was still a hero for many at the time and we genuinely missed his presence at the time.
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Fortunately, the man who was supposed to supply him turned into an even better replacement. Suarez is viewed by some as the greatest player the club has ever had and despite the baggage that came along with his talent, everyone was disappointed with his eventual but inevitable sale to Barcelona.
Liverpool has never been the same side since ‘El Pistolero’s’ departure, but you can’t replace the current best player in the world immediately.
The start of this season began with a similar outcry from fans around the club’s spending. Where was the new left back? Where is the holding midfielder we’ve been seeking all summer? Five league games into the season and the doom and gloom crowd seem to have disappeared into the background. The deadwood has been shifted, Milner looks quite assured on the left and we’ve beaten top teams away from home already.
Net spending has to be forgotten now. Jurgen Klopp has the ruthlessness that others have lacked in recent times and will move on those players that he doesn’t feel are good enough. The likes of Mane and Matip already look like they’ll be massive players for us and the other signings have shown real promise. Not all top managers need a huge chequebook.
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