'Water into wine': Rival club reportedly in disbelief over Liverpool transfers
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'Water into wine': Rival club reportedly in disbelief over Liverpool transfers

At least one rival club can’t believe how Liverpool get away with their transfers, according to reports. The Reds have built a reputation.

This comes from Goal. They quote a rival club source on Liverpool and how they manage to get value from their transfers.

“They turn water into wine,” they quote the source as saying. “Every year, they do business where you think ‘how have they managed that?!’” 

This comes as Liverpool secured £30m in sales for Harry Wilson, Marko Grujic and Taiwo Awoniyi. The trio were all out on year and barely make 20 Liverpool appearances between them.

In fact, Wilson never played in the Premier League for the Reds, while Awoniyi never played full stop. Bringing in such substantial money for them is brilliant business.

And perhaps most telling of all is that it could have been more. We think Liverpool will consider £30m to be something of a failure.

But it also seems Liverpool could bring in another £40m by selling squad players. They’re building a considerable transfer fund.

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In truth, these deals aren’t even that impressive by Liverpool’s standards. Just last season, the Reds recouped £23.5m for Rhian Brewster.

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Brewster had never played top-flight football before, with just six months of senior football under his belt at Championship level. Still, the Reds secured a big fee for him.

They got £17m for Dominic Solanke just the year before – the forward only had one Premier League goal to his name. There was £15m for Jordon Ibe back in 2016, too.

It’s all quite fantastic. Liverpool manage to squeeze as much as possible out of their young players, selling on their potential for large fees.

It wasn’t all that long ago that this never happened. Liverpool used to get nothing for their players, frequently selling them on for peanuts.

Now, though, the Reds are arguably the best at getting value for their assets. No wonder other clubs are envious.

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