Liverpool fans got #FSGOUT trending on Twitter last night. It came after a major Premier League transfer.
#FSGOUT was trending on Twitter last night as Liverpool fans looked to vent frustration at the club’s ownership. It came in the wake of Manchester United agreeing a deal for Cristiano Ronaldo.
That is unquestionably a major transfer and one that will likely dominate discussion for some time. United are set to secure themselves not just a superstar but one of their greatest legends.
So, what’s that got to do with Liverpool?
Fans get #FSGOUT trending
Liverpool have three key rivals for the Premier League title this season: Manchester City, Chelsea and United. All three have made major signings in this transfer window.
City signed Jack Grealish for a British record fee. Chelsea brought in Romelu Lukaku for not much less. United will likely add Ronaldo to Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho.
Every player mentioned is a huge talent set for a key role. Liverpool, in comparison, have signed Ibrahima Konate.
Konate is far from the biggest name and hasn’t proven himself near the level of the others mentioned. On top of that, he’s really only a fourth-choice centre-back at the moment.
Not that we’re criticising the transfer in any way. Konate is a player with enormous potential and he will likely become a superstar down the line.
But he’s not the glamorous, game-changing name that Liverpool’s rivals are signing. For many, that’s a sign that the club’s ownership just doesn’t have the same ambition – or desire – to compete for the world’s best players.
It’s worth noting that United themselves reportedly find Liverpool’s lack of spending power to be interesting. Though, there are also suggestions that United truly do have far more room to manoeuvre than the Reds.
Superstar or not
There is another angle here, though. While some wonder why Liverpool can’t compete for stars, some literally just want the club to do anything.
That’s quite a reasonable position to take, in truth. Liverpool were heavily reliant on Mohamed Salah for goals last season but haven’t corrected that at all.
Instead, the hope seems to be that Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino will return to form. And that Diogo Jota will play more than 19 league games, of course.
But Liverpool are actually lighter up top than they were. Xherdan Shaqiri left for Lyon but without a replacement. Klopp didn’t appear happy with him anyway, given the lack of games – something you can also say about Divock Origi.
Liverpool might run into problems with squad depth this season, then. If they do, you can expect even fiercer reaction from fans who believe the club is failing to capitalise on recent success.
The pressure is certainly on.