Michael Edwards gamble paid off to make Liverpool millions – Liverpool Echo

Andy Robertson for £7m. Sadio Mane for £32m. Mohamed Salah for £34m.

Philippe Coutinho cost just £8.5m. Virgil van Dijk and Alisson Becker excellent value at £75m and £67m respectively.

Michael Edwards is highly thought of among Liverpool fans and the players mentioned, along with the price-tags involved, are proof of his genius in the transfer market.

But Liverpool’s sporting director has also shown an impressive ability to extract the maximum value from outgoing deals, as well as those brought to Anfield.

Perhaps no deal further demonstrates Edwards’ ability to work the transfer market in Liverpool’s favour than one completed two years ago today.

It’s fair to say Liverpool supporters weren’t hugely surprised to see Dominic Solanke leave the club in January 2019.

But the fee buying club Bournemouth were paying came as a shock.

The Cherries had agreed to fork out £19m for the young striker, who had scored just once since arriving from Chelsea 18 months prior.

In truth, the Londoners were also benefiting from the deal, having inserted a sell-on clause after coming to an agreement with Liverpool over the striker’s decision to sign a pre-contract deal with the Reds.

Solanke would score just four goals in the Premier League for Bournemouth, but is now enjoying a good season in the Championship, with nine goals this term.

But his signing and later sale was evidence of Liverpool’s clever approach to the market.

In short, Solanke was a gamble worth taking.

Liverpool star Mohamed Salah

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Signed for an undisclosed fee thought to be close to Liverpool’s valuation of around £4m after his contract at Chelsea expired, Liverpool took advantage of the situation and helped develop Solanke further.

And when they found themselves being offered a good deal for both club and player 18 months later, they took it.

Liverpool have proven themselves to be one of the shrewdest operators in the transfer market when it comes to selling players.

Jordon Ibe joined Bournemouth for £15m in 2016, who Brad Smith also joined for £6m. £4.5m was banked for Sergi Canos and £13m for Joe Allen the same summer.

Liverpool extracted maximum value from Crystal Palace for Mamadou Sakho and Christian Benteke, who were sold for £26m and £32m respectively.

Coutinho, meanwhile, became the world’s third most expensive footballer when he joined Barcelona for £145m in 2018.

Danny Ward (£12.5m), Kevin Stewart (£8m), Rafa Camacho (£7m), Danny Ings (£20m) and Ryan Kent (£7.5m) are all good examples, while this summer’s sales of Rhian Brewster to Sheffield United for £23m and Ki-Jana Hoever for £13m to Wolves also reflect well on Liverpool.

Even the sale of somebody like Luis Alberto, who left for Lazio for a relatively low cost £6m, was boosted by the existence of transfer clauses that could see the Reds earn millions from any future deal for the Spaniard. Such clauses are also present in a number of other departures in recent years.

But in terms of buying and selling, Solanke might be the best example of how Liverpool use the transfer market to their advantage.