TIA Squad Member
- Nov 17, 2009
It's true we spent a lot for Alisson and Virgil, but worth noting that while it was a world record for a keeper (at the time), the fee we paid is still half the reported fee being commanded by Sancho, and likely far less than half what Mbappe will go for. It really is a different ball game for those players.
For Alisson and Virgil we went out and broke the bank for the number 1 players who would absolutely transform the team through their immense quality, and neither disappointed. I'd say the team currently doesn't have a weakness like our defence did prior to those signings, so for that reason it's hard right now to see us reaching those fees again until there's such a need.
In the meantime, we can strengthen the squad from a commanding position, ensuring that we manage any succession issues through careful long-term strategic planning rather than having to react by hitting the very top end of the market.
True but it's also worth noting we're in a much much better financial state the when we pushed out the boat for those and the Keita deal. There's no doubt Klopp won't spend for the sake of it and if he can he will use from within or be shrewd in the market, but if the chance presents itself to sign Mbappe although he mightn't transform our attack because it's already so good he's still the heir to the best player in the world, it would be like turning down a 20 year old Messi you just don't do it. I don't ever expect it to happen but I have no doubt if we could we would.