Liverpool have a tendency to avoid splashing out on Europe’s most coveted and sought-out assets yet even the Reds are not prone to spending big when a number of factors are considered.
Two of the club’s most transformative signings Virgil van Dijk and Alisson Becker were both secured for top dollar but it wasn’t without reason.
While it is easy to look back and see why both players were signed following their influence on Liverpool’s recent success yet without a number of determining variables happening at the time there is a case to be made that neither signing might have happened.
Liverpool are still yet to spend anywhere near the figures paid for Van Dijk and Alisson who were both secured in 2018.
However, this isn’t to suggest that Liverpool won’t someday surpass the two club-record deals that have transformed a once leaky defensive unit into the most solidified on the continent.
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Liverpool can spend big if money is made available
Liverpool typically spend big once money becomes directly available from player outgoings. The most recent high-profile Anfield departure to raise gargantuan figures was indeed Philippe Coutinho who joined Barcelona two years ago for an eye-watering £142 million fee [BBC].
The latest Anfield figure which could indeed raise sufficient funds for Liverpool surprisingly could be Joel Matip.
Cameroonian news outlet Kick 442 recently reported that Paris Saint Germain are interested in the prospect of bringing Matip to the Parc de Princes after the defender was identified as a viable replacement for departing club-captain Thiago Silva.
Matip recently was tied down to a long-term Liverpool contract back in October 2019 which would suggest that if the French champions were to move for the former Schalke defender he would not come cheaply.
Could open the door for Koulibaly
If Matip were to leave, however, it would create a void in the defensive department which could open the prospect of Klopp spending big on a replacement should Liverpool choose to sell.
One player who would represent the ultimate like-for-like alternative would be Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly.
According to The Express, Liverpool could even be willing to move on Matip if it meant securing the signing of the Senegal international.
Koulibaly, 29, is currently valued at £70 million according to The Telegraph.
An interest that once seemed a highly unlikely and irresponsible pursuit financially could suddenly have changed entirely.
Matip was fundamental in Liverpool’s Premier League and Champions League success over the past two seasons and his performances have certainly warranted a sizeable transfer fee.
It’s almost a win-win for the club. If Liverpool are to lose another option at central defence it would suddenly ensure funds were made available to purchase a top-of-the-range replacement.
Whereas if the Reds deem Matip’s importance to the team too significant to sell then the club will know they have kept hold of a player who has proven he can consistently perform at the highest level.
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