Paul Merson has claimed that the difference between Liverpool and Chelsea owners is that the former also have to ‘balance the books’ because they also own the Boston Red Sox, as he told Sky Sports (11/09/21 at 1:15 pm).
The outspoken TV pundit was sharing his thoughts on why Liverpool didn’t splash the cash this summer compared to someone like Chelsea.
Owned by Roman Abramovich, the Russian has showcased his spending power for nearly two decades now and there isn’t a sign that he is going to stop.
Whereas, John W Henry, along with English Premier League against Liverpool, also owns Major League Baseball team, the Boston Red Sox.
Merson bizarrely shared that, he is ‘not being horrible’, when he feels, if FSG needs a pitcher for the Red Sox, then they might opt to put their money into that pot rather than a £50 million signing for Liverpool that might only make the bench.
His comments left one of his Sky colleagues surprised.
“Well, Chelsea pay-out big-money for players who are going to sit not the bench,” said host Jeff Stelling.
Merson responded: “That’s the difference. Liverpool are a massive football club. But whoever is looking after the money is weighting it up and thinking ‘we aren’t going to go down that road’.
“They have got the Red Sox as well, haven’t they? They might need a pitcher. I am not being horrible.
“But he (Roman) has got Chelsea and that’s it. It makes a difference – you have to be realistic, they own them as well. They are balancing the books. Do I pay £50m for him and he’s not going to play or am I going to pay £50 million for a pitcher that’s going to win 30 or 40 games in a season?”
Morrison responded to Merson’s claims: “You think they think that? You’re the best. No, I don’t think that. If you think that then it must be right.”
It was a quiet transfer window on Merseyside, with every single one of Liverpool’s supposed Premier League title rivals making themselves known.
From splashing £100 million on Jack Grealish to the return of Cristiano Ronaldo, it was the most hectic transfer window in recent history.
But whilst all of that was happening, those in the Anfield boardroom opted to add more years to the contracts of their senior stars, which received a mixed reaction.
On one hand, fans are pleased that the likes of Alisson and Jordan Henderson penned down new long-term contracts, but many felt that more depth was needed to be added, especially in the final third.