- Liverpool’s squad valuation has been estimated at €915 million, up from €356 million when Klopp arrived at the club
- This increase of €557 million is most for any team in the world
Jurgen Klopp has clearly left his mark on Liverpool Football Club, and in more ways than one. The German tactician has taken the Reds’ on-field performances to a different level since he arrived at the club in October 2015. The recent Champions League final run is testament to his footballing nous and the ability to extract the maximum out of his players.
What Klopp has also done is taken the club’s squad valuation from €356 million to a booming €915 million, which has resulted in a rise of nearly €557 million during this time. The figure is more than what any other team in the world has managed in this frame of time, as revealed by TransferMarkt in a recent piece.
Increase in LFC’s squad valuation more than any other club
In comparison, Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich have successfully increased their squad value by €330 million, Barcelona by €504 million, Atletico Madrid €447 million, Juventus €473 million and Paris Saint-Germain by €442 million during the same time. Coming to the Premier League, Pep Guardiola has also done a stellar job as the value of title-winning Manchester City squad has gone up by a staggering €553 million.
Elaborating on how Klopp has shaped his very own Liverpool side, he has brought in 17 new players since taking over from Brendan Rodgers. The estimated cost of these arrivals has been around €430 million, with Virgil van Dijk and Alisson being the two most expensive deals in this list. Players like Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold, who came in for a combined outlay of €9 million, also played a big part last season.
The 51-year-old coach has also been pretty vocal with his views since joining Liverpool and one of his previous quotes has now come back to bite him after the club splashed out a world record outlay of €62.5 million on getting goalkeeper Alisson Becker on-board from Serie A side AS Roma. Klopp was questioned on his previous stance on splashing out big sums of money on player transfers and said: “It’s the market, that’s the way it is and we will not think much about it.”
Klopp’s lavish spending explained
Another important facet which deserves a place here is that Klopp has brought in fresh recruits worth €182 million this summer alone, which includes Naby Keita (€60 million), Fabinho (€45 million), Xherdan Shaqiri (€17 million) and Alisson (€62.5) million. In comparison, he purchased 30 players for €185 million during his seven years at Borussia Dortmund.
This lavish spending can be attributed to a variety of factors like changing times, inflated prices, Premier League’s spending power and Philippe Coutinho’s mega-money sale to Barcelona. Last summer, Klopp’s primary focus was to bring in a world class central defender which finally arrived in the form of Virgin van Dijk in January for a rather hefty price tag of €78.8 million.
Now, with Alisson’s arrival, not only does Klopp have the most expensive defender in history but also the most expensive goalkeeper in world football. For Liverpool’s Premier League season opener against West Ham United on August 12, Klopp can now afford to field a starting eleven of players who have all been his own signings.
With problem areas like the goalkeeper’s position and the midfield now plugged, Liverpool and Klopp look well set to challenge on multiple fronts this season. These are exciting times to be a Liverpool fan!
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