Liverpool and FSG will like a growing trend around wages at the moment. It might work heavily in their own advantage down the line.
Liverpool aren’t the world’s spendiest club under FSG. In fact, the Reds only signed four players between winning the Champions League in 2019 and the start of this transfer window.
And that’s despite winning the Premier League in that time. Instead, Liverpool prioritise contracts for their current stars and put their resources towards that.
The result is that Liverpool aren’t as powerful in the transfer market as the sides they typically compete with for trophies. They lack the spending power of Manchester United and Chelsea, let alone Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain.
And spending, traditionally, is everything when signing players. It’s how the likes of City and PSG built empires despite having very little history as successful clubs. Chelsea just about fall into that bracket, too.
But a tide may be turning and it’s one that should benefit Liverpool.
Liverpool & FSG will like wages trend
Barcelona are in financial turmoil at the moment, as is well documented. It’s led to an interesting trend, however, and one that should raise eyebrows at clubs.
Several players have accepted wage-cuts at the club. For instance, Sergi Roberto just signed a new contract with Barca that cuts his wages by 35%.
Gerard Pique is another example – he cut his salary in half to help the club this summer.
And above all, Lionel Messi agreed to a 50% wage cut before things fell apart in Catalonia. The Argentine was clearly desperate to stay.
But it’s not necessarily just players already there. Sergio Aguero admits the pull of playing for Barcelona was worth sacrificing money he could earn elsewhere.
Barcelona isn’t just the only example, either. Le Parisien reports that Kylian Mbappe rejected a world-record contract offer from PSG as he wants to leave. He’ll almost certainly earn significantly less at his new club.
Perhaps the game is changing, then. Players earn so much money – and not just through salary – that the biggest contract isn’t necessarily the biggest draw. They want to be at certain clubs, in certain environments and in certain challenges.
Liverpool themselves know this. Virgil van Dijk, Alisson Becker, Fabinho and Trent Alexander-Arnold all signed new contracts this summer. All could definitely earn more money elsewhere, however. We can only imagine what City and PSG would pay Van Dijk, for instance.
This is a trend that almost certainly benefits Liverpool. They regularly can’t compete on the wages front but if that’s not the motivation for players, it gives them some power back.
After all, you know you’ll compete for trophies at Anfield. You know you’ll be at a massive club. You know there’s a history to be a part of. That appears to tempt certain players more than money right now.
Liverpool and FSG will surely smile at that.