Pulis wrong to suggest Liverpool title contenders because of '£200 million' spend

Tony Pulis Interview - 23/02/2014

Stoke manager unsurprised by Reds rise.

Ahead of Crystal Palace hosting Liverpool on Monday night Tony Pulis has said that Liverpool's spending is in a completely different ball park to his side, and that their position in the league simply reflects this.

Pulis claims the Anfield club are expected to contest the title after a £200 million bankroll to bring in players.

He said: 'If you look at Liverpool, it is on a different level from this football club in every way, shape and form.'

'When Kenny(Dalglish) was there, they spent over £100m. I think Brendan has spent over £100m, they are paying players in excess of hundreds of thousands of pounds a week.'

'Is it a surprise they are title contenders? No, not when you look at Daniel Sturridge and the quality they have got up front. They will score goals.'

While it is hard to argue with Pulis' assertion over the figures it is highly simplistic to posit that Liverpool are where they are as a consequence of that.

The Reds have spent big before Dalglish and Rodgers, for as long as 24 years in fact, yet they have not been this close to winning the Premier League.

They finished 7th last season and the real expectation was for them to at least challenge for a top 4 place. That Liverpool have already accomplished this and so much more already is a testament not to money, but to Rodgers and his backroom staff.

Clubs have spent vast amounts before but that hasn't guaranteed success. Far from it. You only have to look at Real Madrid to know this. After throwing nearly £1 billion following their last Champions League trophy in 2002 they now find themselves in another final, but at a massive gap of twelve years.

This is Rodgers' second season in charge and so Liverpool's lofty position ulitimately owes to him having had more time to work with the players and better implement his philosophy and methods.

Unfortunately that seems to have completely passed some by.

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