Liverpool are expected to have earned the most of any side in the Premier League this season, after 29 of their games were televised on their way to second.
The Reds broke the record for most games shown live in the UK during Jurgen Klopp‘s first full campaign on Merseyside in 2016/17, and equalled this during this season’s title challenge.
With the race for the trophy going to the final day on Sunday, both Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Wolves and Man City‘s 4-1 thrashing of Brighton were broadcast by Sky Sports.
Obviously, silverware ended up in Manchester, and Klopp and his players were left to settle for second despite recording their best-ever points tally with 97—just one fewer than City.
Liverpool will earn more Premier League money than Man City this season – whether they win the title or not. That's certain. And this is the predicted winnings per club if all clubs stay in the same position. pic.twitter.com/VUTQd7tfkC
— Nick Harris (@sportingintel) 11 May 2019
With every club given £79.4 million as part of an equal share of the domestic and overseas TV income and central commercial income, further funds are split based on league position and the amount of games broadcast.
Liverpool, then, are set to be given £36.7 million for finishing second and £33.5 million from the TV rights pot.
City’s games were shown live fewer times, which brings the Reds’ earnings for the Premier League campaign above that of the champions (£148.1m)—though this is, of course, scant consolation.
Harris continues to assess the ‘value for money table’ for the English top flight, based on the average pay per player of every club and the amount of points tallied.
The final ignominy of Man Utd's season, as relegated Cardiff emerge as value-for-money champions. pic.twitter.com/oJyk74NM1c
— Nick Harris (@sportingintel) 12 May 2019
The Reds are ninth, having paid an estimated £50,134 per point, with Sunday’s opponents Wolves—who finished seventh in their first season back in the Premier League—the most impressive in second, at £30,835 per point.
Pep Guardiola’s City are believed to have paid £61,153 for every point, which is the eighth-most in the league, with Man United the worst at £99,010 per point.
Speaking after the final-day win at Anfield, Liverpool chairman Tom Werner vowed that “we’re only going to get stronger,” which could be interpreted as a hint towards further investment this summer.