Liverpool net spend higher than Man City since 2020 but let’s pretend they invented selling

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Diogo Jota and Luis Diaz for Liverpool Credit: PA Images
Diogo Jota and Luis Diaz for Liverpool Credit: PA Images

Liverpool invented selling players to buy more players…even though Manchester City have recently done it better.

 

Frenkly my dear…
Manchester United appear to be somehow on the verge of signing Frenkie de Jong (which is ‘underwhelming’ if your name is Stan Collymore and you still believe it is the year 1999) from Barcelona.

Nobody else appears to be seriously interested in De Jong but the Mirror website and their army of Football Trends writers must pretend otherwise for reasons of clicks. So…

‘Frenkie de Jong’s 2019 comments hint at why he’d pick transfer to Man Utd over Man City’

Firstly, he does not have the option of picking Manchester City because they are not actually interested. This seems important to us but apparently not to the Mirror, who insist that ‘Manchester City could hijack Manchester United’s transfer pursuit of Frenkie de Jong’ and that ‘when United are linked with a new signing, Manchester City are rarely far away’.

Which is a hell of a way to interpret Manchester City repeatedly pulling out of moves for players when they become over-priced to leave United paying for a dud.

‘City could attempt to hijack United’s approach of De Jong too, with their pursuit of Kalvin Phillips moving slowly.’

Embarrassing of City not to have signed Phillips yet, to be fair; the window has been open for three days.

‘However, in 2019 De Jong commented on the positives of having Van de Beek as a team-mate, meaning a move to Old Trafford could hinge on his former partner.’

And here we have it. We are expected to believe that De Jong would choose Europa League-bound Manchester United over actual Premier League champions Manchester City because he quite liked playing with Donny Van de Beek at Ajax and said as much three years ago.

Thankfully, De Jong is unlikely ever to face that Sophie’s Choice.

 

Let’s be Frenk
Elsewhere on the Mirror website

‘Frenkie de Jong admits he’d like to have Robert Lewandowski “in team” amid Man Utd links’

Apparently, ‘Frenkie de Jong has admitted he’d like to have Robert Lewandowski ‘in his team’ – although it’s unclear if that’s good or bad news for Manchester United fans’.

Answer: It’s neither. It’s not even news.

 

Head in the clouds
Mediawatch was fascinated by unusually in-depth analysis on The Sun website about Darwin Nunez and ‘the three ways Darwin Nunez will make Liverpool better next season after striker’s £85m transfer from Benfica’.

We were particularly fascinated by the notion that ‘if there is one thing that the Liverpool front line has been missing in recent seasons it is strength in the air’.

Is that the same Liverpool who literally scored more headed goals in the Premier League last season than any other team? That Liverpool? And if you were wondering whether that was an anomaly…Liverpool has topped that particular metric in each of the last four seasons.

Has somebody mixed up ‘strength in the air’ with ‘being tall’?

 

Death becomes him
Crisis time for Sadio Mane on the Mirror website

‘Sadio Mane may be left in no man’s land as Bayern Munich hint transfer could be dead’

That would be the ‘no man’s land’ of another year at Liverpool before a lucrative free transfer. It’s not quite the Somme.

 

Back of the net
Over on the Liverpool Echo, the pretence continues that Liverpool do not actually spend much money at all.

‘Unlike at Anfield, both Manchester clubs have not relied upon player exits to power their free-spending approach. Last summer saw United bring Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane to Old Trafford, with the club’s only major outgoing being Daniel James’ £24m switch to Leeds United. As a result, the Red Devils ended the window with a transfer balance of around -£107m.’

Fair. Manchester United are sh*t at this.

‘Pep Guardiola’s side, meanwhile, became the first team in English history to break the £100m mark on a single deal as Jack Grealish arrived at the Etihad Stadium. Angelino, Jack Harrison and Lukas Nmecha yielded a return of £38m as they left the club on a permanent basis.

‘Ibrahima Konate was Liverpool’s only addition at Anfield at £36m and, even then, the Reds had largely covered this outlay by Harry Wilson, Marko Grujic, Taiwo Awoniyi and Xherdan Shaqiri all moving on.’

This is all lovely. Until you remember that January exists and that money spent or received in January is actual real money.

So when you take January into account, the net spends of Liverpool and Manchester City for 21/22 stand at £53.55m and £36.63m respectively after Liverpool bought Luis Diaz and Manchester City sold Ferran Torres.

Indeed, since the summer of 2020 – after adding the signings of Erling Haaland and Darwin Nunez – the net spends of Manchester City and Liverpool are practically identical, with the Reds actually spending around £8m more. Indeed, only Leeds have a higher net spend in the whole Premier League.

‘The same principal is also expected to apply with Nunez, with the likes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Nat Phillips, Neco Williams, Sadio Mane and Takumi Minamino capable of generating a combined income thay may offset the club’s imminent expenditure.’

Just wait until they realise that Gabriel Jesus and Raheem Sterling are worth more than that little list.

Liverpool do operate on a smaller budget than some of their rivals but let’s not pretend that they invented the sale of players; since the summer of 2020, City have raked in over treble the transfer income as Liverpool.

Do Manchester City need to balance the transfer books like Liverpool? No. Do they increasingly do so anyway? Also yes.

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