A recent study conducted by TotallyMoney shows that inflation means that the likes of Virgil van Dijk and Alisson are not the most expensive players in the club’s history.
The modern game has become as much about footballing talent as it is about money and how best a club can use the cash earned through commercial deals and matchday revenue with life in the Premier League about outspending your rivals to move up in the table.
People laughed at Liverpool for spending £75million on Virgil van Dijk and since the big man signed for the Anfield outfit, they have had the best defence in England, conceding fewer goals than the likes of Manchester City and Chelsea.
Yet, the Dutchman is not the most expensive player the club has ever signed if you trust the guys over at TotallyMoney, who have compiled a list of the biggest transfer fees after inflation.
Their study shows that the £29,4million that Chelsea paid to sign Andriy Shevchenko in 2006 would actually be £144million and Alan Shearer would have cost Newcastle a whopping £142million.
As far as Liverpool is concerned, Fernando Torres’ move to Liverpool from Atletico Madrid in 2007 would be worth £91m in today’s money while Stan Collymore’s move from Notts Forest would have cost the Merseyside outfit an incredible £85m.
Although he is nowhere close to being the most expensive player in terms of what Liverpool actually paid, Andy Carroll still ranks really high as far as the costliest players in the club’s history are concerned.
The £35m paid in 2011 translates to £81m and in 10th place, we have Stewart Downing, who was also never much of a success at Anfield.