Liverpool have assembled the 10th most expensive squad in world football

4 October 2016

Liverpool are behind just four other Premier League clubs, and nine clubs worldwide, in terms of the overall cost of their first-team squad.


Jurgen Klopp turned a profit in the summer transfer window, and this can be seen as a major positive given Liverpool’s form so far in 2016/17.

But this has largely come from a number of big-money departures, offsetting significant outlays in the off-season market—Sadio Mane and Georginio Wijnaldum, for example, arrived for a combined £55 million.

This has resulted in Liverpool amassing the 10th most expensive squad in world football, as the CIES Football Observatory has found.

Klopp’s squad is valued at around £311.7 million, making them the fifth-most costly in the Premier League.

Manchester United boast the most expensive squad in the world, built for a combined £628.6 million—remarkably, more than double that of the Reds, who sit two places above them in the Premier League table.

Real Madrid (£555.2m), Manchester City (£535m), Barcelona (£424.7m) and Chelsea (£421.2m) unsurprisingly make up the rest of the top five, while Arsenal (£333.6m) are the only other English side in the top 10.

Paris Saint-Germain (£398.4m), Juventus (£345.9m) and Bayern Munich (£312.6m) have also spent more on their squad than Liverpool, though each won their respective leagues in 2015/16.

Impressively, Liverpool’s top-four rivals, Tottenham Hotspur, have spent just £239.9 million on their squad, with both Klopp and Mauricio Pochettino proving the value of hard work over money spent.

Burnley, the only side to defeat the Reds so far this season, have the least expensive squad in the English top flight, with Sean Dyche’s side costing just £49 million.

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