Liverpool’s dominance over the last two years has truly been remarkable. The Champions League win against Tottenham and the Premier League crown at the end of last season shows the incredible work Jurgen Klopp has done at Anfield.
The Reds were nowhere near the top when the German first took over. Liverpool took their time but under Klopp’s guidance, they are now one of the best teams in world football.
As much credit as Klopp deserves, Liverpool’s owners and board deserve more. The way they have handled business over the last five years is simply brilliant, and that has laid the foundations for the Reds to be as good as they are now.
Liverpool have spent big on their players. Virgil van Dijk and Alisson weren’t cheap by any means, but both of those moves were funded by other sales, which makes their transfer policy one that other clubs should look up to.
However, now that they are on top, Reds legend John Aldridge has urged the club to move from their transfer policy to do business ‘the Liverpool way’.
Doing business ‘the Liverpool way’
He wrote on Liverpool Echo: “Plenty of teams have outspent us over the last four years, even the likes of Everton, which is great testimony to everyone concerned at Liverpool that we have still managed to go from strength to strength.”
“If people can’t see that then they’re daft. Liverpool have found an approach that works for them and they’ve got a belief in the way the club should be run which deserves respect because look how successful it’s been.”
“We’ve done it the right way but, with the transfer window still open for a few more weeks yet, it would be nice if the manager could be given a bit to spend because ‘the Liverpool way’ was always to strengthen when you’re on top if you can.”
Aldridge certainly has a point there. The likes of Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea are prepared to splash the cash to close the gap between themselves and Liverpool.
Liverpool can’t stay on top forever even if they go out and spend big money on players. However, it will help them become better, and a Reds team better than how they were last season is a scary thought for teams aiming to dethrone them.