Liverpool CEO Peter Moore says that the club is on the lookout for the next Mohamed Salah despite being ‘proud owners’ of the world’s most expensive defender in Virgil van Dijk.
After joining the club for a bargain £37million fee, Mohamed Salah established himself as one of the world’s very best by scoring 50 goals for club and country in the 2017/18 season.
The Egyptian broke the record for most goals scored in a 38-game Premier League season when he netted 32 times last season and won dozens of individual awards.
While Virgil van Dijk joined the Reds for £75million in January, the club still looks for deals that are more risk-free and err on the side of Salah’s type of transfer as Peter Moore has revealed.
Presenting as the top speaker on the last day of the International Business Festival in Liverpool, Moore said: “We’re in a world now where if you’re not a £500m football team you’re not going to win anything.
“And the ability for us to be able to stay up bluntly with the Manchester Uniteds and the Barcelonas and the PSGs and the Real Madrids, all of whom have slightly different business models, becomes critical, because if we don’t stay up with them we don’t compete.
“We are the proud owners of the world’s most expensive defender in Virgil Van Dijk at £75m. But that money has got to come from somewhere. And being able to drive that growth becomes critical. Why? Because you invest in the team.
“Our primary focus for every pound, Euro, dollar we make is to give it to Jurgen Klopp and our scouting staff and our sporting director and say go buy the best players, go find the next Mohamed Salah.
“Go shore up the defence, which we did with Virgil Van Dijk. Go figure out how you can identify a player like we’ve just done with Naby Keita, buy him a year in advance, leave him in Germany, but now, as he shows up this week, is a Liverpool player.
“This doesn’t come cheap. It’s a high-stakes game. It requires revenue coming in all the time.”