Liverpool’s latest financial standing paints FSG transfer refusal in new light

Liverpool are the fifth-richest club in European football, according to the Deloitte Money League.

The club’s owners, Fenway Sports Group, have been reaping the benefits of a successful period for the Reds on the pitch.

Jurgen Klopp led the Merseyside club to their sixth Champions League title in 2019 and followed that up by their first domestic league title in 30 years.

Despite the heavy financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic, Liverpool are one of the few clubs in the world to still be comfortable.

But regardless, they’ve been lagging behind their rivals in regards to transfer activity in recent years.

There’s no reason to suggest Liverpool needed to go out and splash the cash after winning the Premier League title by 22 points last season, and they were shrewd with the moves they made last year.

They signed Thiago Alcantara – one of the best midfielders in the world – for just £5million up front and another £15m in installments.

Diogo Jota also signed for £41.1m, but only paid £4m up front and will pay the rest in installments and add-ons.

However, the club’s owners have rejected Klopp’s request for a new defender to be signed this month.

Injuries to Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez have left them short of options at the back, with Fabinho and Jordan Henderson forced to fill in.

Liverpool were linked with the likes of Ozan Kabak, Dayot Upamecano, Perr Schurrs, Ben White and even Kalidou Koulibaly.

Klopp made no secret of his desire for reinforcements to be brought in, and even admitted recently it would be easier for him if he had another senior option at the back.

But the Reds didn’t want to deviate from their transfer policy of relentless scouting and ensuring the player was the right fit for the club, and as a result have decided against bringing anyone in.

Therefore, despite showing off impressive stats and figures off the pitch, they’re falling behind on it.

Defeat to Manchester United – the only Premier League team ahead of them in the money table – left them out of the FA Cup, and they’re also lagging behind their old rivals in the league.

They travel to Tottenham on Thursday night knowing defeat would see them drop down to fifth in the table. They’re also just two points ahead of Everton, who have two games in hand over them.

Their revenue for 2019-20 of £489.9million – expected to drop slightly for 2020-21 – suggests Klopp wasn’t being unreasonable to request the centre-back who could have helped them challenge for the league.

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