Liverpool have made an emphatic comeback in the big leagues of the transfer market after splashing out more than £150m in this transfer window. United, on the other hand have been the silent team as they have spent less than half of what Liverpool have spent.
When asked about Klopp’s aggressive spending tactics, Mourinho said that Liverpool are expected to win after having reached the Champions league final last year. He tips the Reds to be a “big candidate” as he feels no team can match the spending amount of Liverpool in this transfer window.
Liverpool have made some big name signings under German manager Jurgen Klopp since he took over the club in 2015. Sadio Mane, Alex oxlade Chamberlain, Mohamed Salah, Virgil Van Dijk, Alisson Becker, Trent Alexander Arnold, Andy Robertson, Joel Matip, Xherdan Shaqiri, Naby Keita, Fabinho have all been signed by Klopp. Mourinho’s United signings have been Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Romelu Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez, Matic, Lee Grant, Diego Dalot, Fred.
Since the summer of 2016, Liverpool have outspent their north western rivals bringing in £411m worth of players but they have also sold more players than United. Fueled by the big money sale of Coutinho, Liverpool have recieved more £280m through player transfer. United haven’t had any sort of big money recieved as a Memphis Depay sale remains their highest sale in terms of money at a mere £22m. Paul Pogba remains their most expensive player as he was purchased for a then world record £93m.
Although Liverpool have been the bigger spenders in this tie, yet they seemed to have a lower net spent amount* than United. Liverpool’s net spent amounts to £121m while United’s amount comes up to a staggering £307m.
As a whole, Mourinho’s United have spent more than Klopp’s Liverpool but yet again Mourinho’s statement remains to be true where he suggests the expectations on merseyside club should be elevated.
*net spent amount = Total spend – Fee recieved
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