Damon Savenelli outlines how Liverpool’s summer sales will impact on the players that Jürgen Klopp is able to bring in.
With the recent purchase of Mohamed Salah, Jürgen Klopp has made his second signing of the summer and has shattered the club’s record transfer fee in the process.
Salah will cost about £36.9m (plus add-ons), breaking the previous club record of £35m (Andy Carroll).
With a decent amount of money already spent, what will Klopp’s chequebook look like for the rest of the summer?
About a month ago, it was rumoured that FSG would grant Klopp a transfer kitty of between £150 million and £200 million.
The purchase of Salah has put a small dent in the funds and by the looks of it, Klopp still intends on spending a lot of money.
Time to take a look at how the money will be managed. Klopp has a reputation for being ruthless and shipping out players that he sees as useless.
During his first summer at Dortmund, the former Mainz gaffer completed an insane 30 transfers. Throughout the window, 13 new faces were brought into the squad and 17 players were shown the door.
This trend continued last summer when 17 players were either released or sold by the German. The likes of Jordon Ibe, Christian Benteke, and Joe Allen were all sold.
The sale of these 17 players meant that Klopp had made a profit of about £73.05 million. Klopp also bought nine players, totalling £103 million.
That might seem like a pretty daunting figure but when you take into account the £73.05 million from player sales, Klopp only spent £29.95 million.
By the looks of it, this summer’s transfer window might mirror last summer’s window. Klopp has made it clear that there is still plenty of dead wood that needs to be shipped out.
The likes of Kevin Stewart (£10 million), Lazar Markovic (£20 million), Mamadou Sakho (£30 million), and Alberto Moreno (£15 million) will all be sold, as long as everything goes to plan.
If all of these players are sold at their valued price then Klopp will have made a tidy profit of about £75 million. Similar to last season.
It seems as though these extra funds will then, in turn, be used to make some big money signings. I mean BIG money signings.
Naby Keita, for instance, will probably cost upwards of £60 million. It seems as though the Virgil van Dijk saga has ended and the £70 million man will most likely not end up at Anfield (insert crying emoji).
Nonetheless, we still need a solid first team centre back which will probably cost an absolute minimum of £30 million.
In his early days at Dortmund, Klopp was a smart businessman. The likes of Lewandowski and Hummels were all purchased for ridiculously low prices and were then turned into world class footballers.
It seems as though Klopp has abandoned that philosophy for the most part. You really cannot blame him for it.
As a manager in the Premier League, he needs to spend big if he wants to compete. There is no time for buying cheap youngsters, and then developing them as the years go on. Those are just the facts.
I think we all still expecting a very busy summer. As long as all of the players that I mentioned above are sold, I think that Klopp will be very happy with his funds and in the end, will have a very decent squad.