Todd Boehly and Chelsea show Liverpool just how lucky it is - Jürgen Klopp was spot on

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The 2023/24 Premier League campaign has been over for a matter of days and yet silly season has just begun at Stamford Bridge. Despite inheriting a dysfunctional Chelsea squad of high-profile recruits, Mauricio Pochettino was able to deliver a sixth-place finish and a spot in the Europa League after an impressive end to the season.

Yet the clear improvement in style and performances has seemingly not been enough to satisfy Chelsea chief Todd Boehly, as the club parted ways with the Argentine on Tuesday.

The Blues insisted the decision was 'mutual' with Pochettino clearly disgruntled with his role and what is going on around him. This summer was an opportunity to give him the backing he needed, and deserved, but Boehly and co. have gone the other way.

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Chelsea will now be seeking a fourth permanent manager in two years (discounting Frank Lampad's interim return) and you wouldn't bank on Pochettino's replacement lasting long either. The continued circus in west London is yet more evidence of just how fortunate Liverpool has been under FSG.

Of course, not everything has been plain sailing under the American owners. The recent defeat to Crystal Palace saw protests on the Kop over plans to increase ticket prices, and not for the first time either.

But in terms of supporting the manager and playing staff, John Henry and co. couldn't have done much more. When the purse strings have been tightened, it has been for good reason. When money could be spent, it was.

Jürgen Klopp said as much last week, telling the Liverpool ECHO: "We do things properly, the right way. We don't do a lot of things that others do. We don't overspend and we always spent what we earned on the team or the stand or the training ground.

"If my son asked me for €50 and I only had €25 to give, what can I do? Besides just give him the €25. I really thought for us that I understood that it was our way, the Liverpool way."

It would be fair to say Chelsea has not done things 'properly' since Boehly's arrival in May 2022. Record sums have been spent on the likes of Enzo Fernández and Moisés Caicedo, with huge lengthy contracts handed out across the board.

Pochettino held the title of head coach at Stamford Bridge so was not in complete control over transfers. It is a situation Arne Slot will face when he takes over, but you would not expect him to endure the same issues as the outgoing Chelsea boss.

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According to ESPN, the Argentine was simply a 'voice in the room' when it came to identifying transfer targets. So much so, he hadn't even wanted to make a move for Cole Palmer from Manchester City.

Few would have seen Palmer's development and his move to London has been a remarkable success. Yet his arrival summed up Chelsea's scattergun strategy of making transfer after transfer, regardless of position and fee. And Pochettino was tasked with somehow throwing it all together.

He relied heavily on Conor Gallagher, who impressed as his captain for much of the season. Yet due to Profit and Sustainability Rules, he may have to be sold as a homegrown player, to generate funds to spend elsewhere.

Imagine Liverpool deciding to sell Trent Alexander-Arnold, or Jarell Quansah, just so it can spend big on a young defender from France or Spain. It wouldn't happen because Klopp wouldn't have had it, and nor seemingly did Pochettino.

At no stage has FSG interfered with transfer dealings. Klopp has worked with sporting directors in the past and there continues to be reports of a rift with former chief Michael Edwards, who will return this summer.

There will undoubtedly have been disagreements and rows, like in any walk of life. But the priority at Liverpool was, and always will be, ensuring the team is equipped to compete — without overspending.

Pochettino had his difficult moments, including the Carabao Cup final when Klopp's kids emerged victorious. The failure to win at Wembley saw Gary Neville dub Chelsea's players as 'billion pound bottle jobs'.

It seemed harsh at the time and that squad did enjoy a fine end to the season. The search for Pochettino's successor will now be underway but under Boehly, Chelsea is just turning into a basket case, and a very costly one at that.