Liverpool's Net Spend - FSG holding back miracle worker Rodgers?

John W Henry

How does Liverpool's Net Spend compare to the rest of the Premier League?

Net Spend was always the favoured defence of Kenny Dalglish's bad buys. As if the £50 million the club made on Fernando Torres should excuse the money wasted on Stewart Downing and Andy Carroll.

Both of those players were moved on this summer for a combined £21.5 million, a great piece of business for the Reds, if evidently not for West Ham, who sit in 16th in the Premier League.

What the sale did do was facilitate a sizeable chunk of Liverpool's summer spending, in fact sales account for more than 50% of their total expenditure. 

Also moved on for fees were Jonjo Shelvey and Jay Spearing, with player sales totalling £28.5 million.

The combined fees of incoming players, Iago Aspas, Luis Alberto, Simon Mignolet, Mamadou Sakho, and Tiago Ilori came to £47.8 million.

A sizeable amount for a summer spend, but when Net Spend is take into account their spending was dwarfed by a number of other Premier League teams - eight in total.

Summer 2013 Net Spend

 

So what does it all mean? Well what is clear from the table above is the difference between that and the Premier League one as it stands - where Liverpool sit in second position.

The money the Reds spent was largely done very effectively, and Brendan Rodgers has performed miracles with his squad to get them into second at present, especially with star forward Luis Suarez missing the first six games.

It makes you wonder what position Liverpool would be in had more money been made available by owners FSG to support the manager in attaining players he is rumoured to have really wanted - like Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Diego Costa, or players of that ilk, who they could not financially compete for.

The lesson that needs to be heeded is that with Liverpool in a solid league position and likely to be in touch by January, FSG must release further funds to facilitate a greater chance of a top four finish - money they could easily make back via Champions League cash.

image: © kong niffe

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