Yours for £1m. Need to make room for Dean Saunders
- May 24, 2007
Two pointsWhat is clear from both the profits made in the past two years and the net spend figures, that the club is not investing every penny it has available in making the squad as strong as possible.
1) The accounts are always misleading. Fans still have a habit of of thinking of transfer related budgets as being like in Footy Manager - a pot of money, and as soon as you pay £30m for a player, £30 disappears off your pot.
This isn’t my strong point, but I understand that in reality player contracts and fees are amortised across the duration of the contact, so for example if the total cost of Van Dijk’s contract is £100m, then this will appear on the books as a £20m outgoing for five years.
The short version of saying this is that the majority of our transfer spend, even for last season, will not appear on the books yet.
2) Whether LFC are investing every penny in the player squad is absolutely irrelevant if Klopp has no need of that additional spending. Klopp is well know for preferring to work with a small squad. He won’t spend money if there is there is another way.
You keep avoiding this because it doesn’t fit the narrative, but it would be good to address it at some point. If you think FSG don’t invest enough in the squad, what would you have them do? Instruct Edwards to buy players over Klopp’s head? Tell Klopp he has to spend more, or replace him with someone who will? Maybe just spend more on the players we do go for?
I think, looking at the way things seemed to have gone in the past, that if Klopp wants a player, the money is there for him and Edwards to get it done. Until then, FSG seem to be doing exactly what you’d want the owners to do with some spare cash. Get the key players on new improved contracts and invest in the training facilities.