Here is your Liverpool morning digest on Thursday, March 11.
FSG could frustrate Liverpool fans
Liverpool supporters could be frustrated with Fenway Sports Group’s transfer policy this summer, according to football finance expert Kieran Maguire.
FSG – the Reds owners – have a transfer policy where they prefer to purchase ‘unproven’ talent and then sell them on for a huge profit – with Philippe Coutinho a prime example of a successful usage of that method.
However, with big spenders like Manchester City and Manchester United in the Premier League, it could be hard for Liverpool to keep going about transfer business the same way and keep tabs with their title rivals.
This was perhaps seen this season, with the Reds’ title defence all-but collapsing in the last few months following six successive league defeats at Anfield for the first time in the club’s history.
Maguire, a football finance expert and lecturer at the University of Liverpool, said on his own Price of Football podcast: “If you look at their profitability under FSG then Liverpool aim to break even on a day to day basis and profits from player sales have funded acquisitions – the Coutinho money was spent superbly.
“The transfer market is still soft and I think we will see some caution from FSG, which will frustrate some fans.
“In terms of FSG’s approach my understanding is that they are forensic when it comes to spending money. They don’t mind spending it but they will have done their homework beforehand.”
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Ferdinand makes Mbappe transfer claim
Rio Ferdinand thinks Liverpool will still be able to attract Europe’s biggest names like Kylian Mbappe, even if the reigning Premier League champions fail to qualify for next season’s Champions League.
The Reds are currently in eighth position in the Premier League table, seven points off the top-four spots.
Jurgen Klopp‘s side’s best hopes of qualifying for the prestigious European competition next season look to be in the Champions League – where they have just qualified for the quarter-finals.
Winning the tournament for a seventh time would grant Liverpool automatic qualification regardless of where they finish in the Premier League.
With Mbappe linked with a move to Anfield over the course of the season, with his contract situation at Paris Saint-Germain still uncertain, Ferdinand believes that the Reds will still be able to sign that calibre of player even without Champions League football.
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“Let’s not forget, in the last window they bought Thiago – who was a Champions League winner – and Jota for £40million, so it’s not like they were hanging back,” he told BT Sport ahead of the clash against RB Leipzig on Wednesday evening.
“But injuries play a part, they’ve been decimated by injuries. The biggest thing is the mental side, the mental side now to rebuild after building so much fear into opponents to now with teams swaggering into Anfield – that’s the difference.
“Given the two back-to-back Champions League finals, they’ll still have grace in that area. I think people will still go there with the mindset they can get back. I think they (Erling Haaland and Mbappe) would, yeah. I think someone like Mbappe looks at the way Liverpool play and the manager.
“You look at the manager, the players and the quality they have there, is Klopp still the sort of manager you’d want to play for? I think he still is.”